Headstones were turned over and some even broken and authorities are still searching for the suspect.

Osage County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a report of criminal damage Friday night at Vassar Cemetery.

Authorities found between 50 and 100 headstones overturned and 2 broken at the cemetery south of Croco Road.

There's no word yet on any suspects and authorities continue to investigate.

If you have any information call Osage County Crimestoppers at 1-877-OSCRIME.

Wichita Fire Department and Grant Writing USA invite you to attend a GRANT WRITING WORKSHOP in Wichita, November 19-20, 2009. This workshop is applicable to city, county and state agencies as well as nonprofit organizations, K-12, colleges and universities.

If you're ready to learn how to write and find grants then this is the class for you. You do not need to work in the same profession as the host agency. You do not need to work in the same profession as the host agency.

Grant Writing USA has helped thousands of government agencies, nonprofit organizations and educational institutions achieve grants success. Given the opportunity I'm confident we can do the same for you.

Checks, cards, and purchase orders are welcome. Multi-enrollment discounts are available. For more information including venue location, tuition, graduate testimonials and online enrollment, please visit us at:

Exciting opportunity at Mahaffie Stagecoach Stop & Farm Historic Site in Olathe, Kansas, a city government owned facility operated through its Parks and Recreation Department. Built in 1865, the Mahaffie home is the only intact stagecoach stop remaining on the Santa Fe Trail preserved as a public museum. Mahaffie Historic Site is a living history facility interpreting stagecoach travel, agriculture and rural life, and the Border and Civil Wars in Kansas, in the period 1855 to 1875.

The Interpretive Specialist for Daily Programming & Collections is responsible for developing visitor experiences and expanding the site’s overall interpretive program and special events by working closely with other staff. Specifically, the position oversees the daily interpretive program for children and adults with duties that include: training seasonal and permanent staff and volunteers in mid-19th century lifeways and interpretive methodology; scheduling staff and volunteers; managing the site’s period clothing program; and directly participating in the interpretive program on a regular basis.  Also serves as Collections Manager for the site and for other historical collections owned by the City of Olathe.

Bachelor’s degree in History, Museum Studies, Historical Administration, Cultural Geography, Education, or related studies required. Minimum of one year of previous experience in a similar position required. Successful candidate will be devoted to providing top-quality visitor experiences; be team-oriented and possess strong interpersonal skills; and demonstrate broad and relative experiences and education applicable to the position. Must successfully pass a background investigation, physical, and drug screen, and be willing to work a varied schedule with considerable weekend work and some evenings and in a variety of weather conditions. Starting Salary: $26,880 - $34,460/yr. DOQ with strong benefit package.  Apply on-line at http://agency.governmentjobs.com/olathe or in Human Resources, City of Olathe, 100 E. Santa Fe, Olathe, KS  66061 .    Application Deadline: Open until filled
New from the AASLH Historic House Affinity Group Committee is a Technical Leaflet written to forestall the decline in historic house museums in peril and outline a path back to a health and vigorous future.

The National Archives completed the regionalization of Record Group 110 - Records of the Provost Marshal General's Bureau (Civil War) - Records of State and District Offices, 1861-1872. The National Archives Great Lakes Region now has records for each of the Acting Assistant Provost Marshal Generals (AAPMG) appointed for the states of Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

This record group will be of great interest to researchers attempting to learn more about individuals drafted into the Union Army following the 1863 draft, as well as individuals who avoided military service by paying $300 to a substitute who served for them.  Unfortunately, because the records are fragile and sometimes incomplete, they can be difficult to use.

Researchers looking for a specific individual will need to know the state and congressional district where that person lived in order to begin their research. Researchers interested in using these records are strongly encouraged to contact a reference archivist ahead of time by phone (773) 948-9001 or e-mail chicago.archives@nara.gov
With ProQuest's wealth of Civil War era primary source resources, you're sure to find intriguing and noteworthy material to support your research.

Drawn from pamphlets, newspapers, diaries, personal papers, and developed in conjunction with librarians and Civil War scholars these rare materials are available digitally or with the permanence of archival UMI(R) microform.

ProQuest Civil War Era (1840-1865) at http://pull.xmr3.com/p/609-6C27/93343427/clickto2_en-US-site-forms-cwehnp.shtml.html provides the digitized primary sources researchers need to fully understand the events leading up to the war, as well as the war's great battles and the daily experiences of those left at home. This online collection provides access to eight newspapers (1840-1865) from the North, South, and Border States, and two pamphlet collections, Slavery and Anti-Slavery Pamphlets from the Libraries of Salmon P. Chase & John P. Hale and Civil War Pamphlets (1861-1865).

ProQuest Civil War Era is also cross-searchable with ProQuest Historical Newspapers(TM) at http://pull.xmr3.com/p/609-E8D5/93384654/clickto3_en-US-site-forms-cwehnp.shtml.html and the American Periodicals Series Online, including ProQuest Historical Newspapers-New York Tribune (1841-1922). The New York Tribune, led by the influential Horace Greeley, played a key role in the outcome of the Civil War. As part of ProQuest Historical Newspapers, the New York Tribune is cross-searchable with other key titles of the era including The New York Times, Chicago Tribune, and The Baltimore Sun (coming soon).

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The U.S. Census Bureau has released its online version of the Census Atlas of the United States which covers a variety of topics ranging from language and ancestry characteristics to housing patterns and the geographic distribution of the population. A majority of the maps in the Census Atlas present data at the county level, but data also are sometimes mapped by state, census tract (for largest cities and metropolitan areas), and for selected American Indian reservations. The book is modern, colorful, and includes a variety of map styles and data symbolization techniques. The Census can be accessed at

Google is now hosting around 10 million photos from the LIFE photo archives on Google Image search. You can search the photos—which range from the 1750s to present day—directly from the start page, or you can simply include source:life with any Google Image search query. If you give it a spin, share some of your favorite photos in the comments.