August 28, 2014
“Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.”
In honor of Labor Day, the VC/UHV Library is changing its hours for the weekend. The VC/UHV Library will have the following hours:
- Friday, August 29: Open 7:45 AM – 5:00 PM
- Saturday, August 30: Closed
- Sunday, August 31: Closed
- Monday, September 1: Closed
- Tuesday, September 2: Open 7:45 AM – 10:00 PM
If you need to do any research this weekend, you can access our online databases at http://vcuhvlibrary.uhv.edu. And don’t forget, we have an AWESOME collection of fiction and audiobooks if you are looking for something great to read over the long weekend.
United States Department of Labor. (2014). History of Labor Day. Retrieved from http://www.dol.gov/laborday/history.htm.
August 20, 2014
August Media Item of the Month – The Monuments Men
This movie follows the story of a group of Allied soldiers tasked with saving art and other culturally important items that the Germans were stealing or destroying during World War II. The movie is loosely based on the book The Monuments Men: Allied Heroes, Nazi Thieves and the Greatest Treasure Hunt in History by Robert M. Edsel. (Yes, we do have the book available for checkout at the VC/UHV Library)
The Monuments Men is a fascinating story about the passion and determination of a small group of men to save priceless works of art. The movie is eye-opening because one can see the volume of paintings, sculptures and other works of art stolen by the Nazis.
Although this group of Allied soldiers were able to save millions pieces of art, there are still hundreds of thousands of items still missing. Even today, art that was plundered by the Germans is still being discovered. The latest large discovery (approximately 1,500 pieces) of Nazi-looted art was discovered in 2012 in the apartment of a German man.
The Monuments is definitely worth watching. You can check it out from the Media Center on the 2nd Floor at the VC/UHV Library.
August 18, 2014
We understand the cost of higher education is high. Students, rightly so, want to keep their costs as low as possible. At the beginning of every semester, we have students coming to the VC/UHV Library asking if they can borrow their textbook from us. We do not purchase textbooks for the courses at VC & UHV. We can’t keep up and our budget can’t either.
There are, however, different online companies available that offer students an alternative to purchasing their textbook at the bookstore. Many of these online companies give students the option to rent their textbook. Yes, rent! That means students can order their textbook at the beginning of the semester for a price much lower than purchasing it, use it for the semester, and then send it back when they are finished.
If you are interested in renting your textbook instead of buying it, check out some of these websites below. This list represents a small percent of the companies available – you can also search the internet for more options.
Or if you do want to purchase your textbook, many of the websites listed will allow you to purchase them at a discounted price.
Links to the websites above do not constitute endorsement of any product, service, organization, company, information provider, or content. We strongly recommend that you review the policies of any outside websites you visit from this site, since you will be subject to the privacy, security, and accessibility policies of those other sites.
July 29, 2014
July 28 marked the 100th anniversary of the start of WWI. It was supposed to be “the war to end all wars” but it only left millions dead or wounded. Nearly ten million men died from 1914 to 1918 and we must always remember their sacrifice.
If you want to learn more about WWI, check out these awesome resources on the web:
- German Federal Archive – Over 700 films, photos, documents, and audio recordings related to WWI (website in German)
- A Guide to WWI Materials from the Library of Congress – The digital collections of the Library of Congress contain a wide variety of material related to World War I, including photographs, documents, newspapers, films, sheet music, and sound recordings
- WWI Records from the National Archives – Links to military records from WWI
- Military Resources: World War I from the National Archives – A list of links to articles, photographs, bibliographies, posters, and more
- World War One from the British Library – Over 500 sources to examine all aspects of the war
We also have some great resources in the VC/UHV Library. Check these out too:
- 14-18: Understanding the Great War by Stephane Audoin-Rouzeau
- The First World War by John Keegan
- With Our Backs to the Wall: Victory and Defeat in 1918 by David Stevenson
- To End All Wars: A Story of Loyalty and Rebellion, 1914-1918 by Adam Hochschild
- All Quiet on the Western Front (DVD)
- Torchbearers of Democracy: African American Soldiers in the World War I Era by Chad Louis Williams
- To End All Wars: World War I by Russell Freedman
July 20, 2014
Today, July 20, marks the 45th anniversary of the first moon landing. Apollo 11 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first humans to land on the moon and safely return to Earth.
Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched from Florida on July 16, 1969. Armstrong and Aldrin ventured out onto the lunar surface on July 20, 1969. The two men spent 21.5 hours on the moon before taking off from the lunar surface to meet up with Collins in the command module and fly back to Earth.
You can learn more about the Apollo 11 mission from the following resources available at the VC/UHV Library, from NASA or the National Air and Space Museum:
June 26, 2014
The VC/UHV Library and the Victoria Regional History Center will have a change in hours from June 30 until July 6. We are altering our hours to celebrate the 4th of July holiday.
The VC/UHV Library will be open the following hours:
- Monday, June 30 – Thursday, July 3 — 7:45 AM – 9:00 PM
- Friday, July 4 – Sunday, July 6 — Closed
The Victoria Regional History Center will be open the following hours:
- Monday, June 30 — 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
- Tuesday, July 1 — 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM & 4:15 PM – 5:00 PM
- Wednesday, July 2 — 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
- Thursday, July 3 — 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
- Friday, July 4 – Sunday, July 6 — Closed
We will be open our regular summer hours starting Monday, July 7. If you have any questions regarding hours, you can always call us at 361-570-4166. Have a safe and wonderful holiday weekend!
June 6, 2014
Victoria County Genealogical Society
Victoria College/UH-Victoria Library
Lloyd DeWitt Bockstruck, FNGS
Mr. Bockstruck is the former supervisor of the Genealogy Section at the Dallas Public Library. He is also a Fellow of the National Genealogical Society. Topics of the workshop include: origins of names, southern migrations (especially migration to Texas), locating documents prior to 1850, and immigration records for family history research.
Saturday, 12 July 2014
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
The Victoria College
2200 East Red River
Victoria College Student Center, Rooms A-D
Victoria, TX 77901
$45.00 registration fee. Box lunch included.
Registration forms can be picked up at the Victoria Regional History Center located at the VC/UHV Library during normal library hours. The VC/UHV Library is located at 2602 N. Ben Jordan, Victoria, TX 77901.
Space is limited!
Any questions regarding this workshop can be directed to Patsy Hand at 361-575-0049 or Doris Obsta at 361-575-4303.