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Church Records: The Importance of Access

Genealogy has been an important pursuit for centuries. One of the key sources for genealogy research has been church records, which often include information on births, marriages, and deaths. These records have been critical in helping people trace their family histories and understand their place in the world.

Happy National Library Week!

National Library Week is a time to celebrate libraries’ important role in our communities. Although often associated with books, libraries offer so much more than just reading materials. They serve as a hub for knowledge, culture, and history and play a crucial role in preserving and promoting the heritage of their communities. One of the […]

Remembering a Legend: Reflecting on the Legacy of President Franklin D. Roosevelt on the Anniversary of His Passing

Remembering FDR, a Visionary Leader April 12th, 1945, marks a significant moment in American history; on this day, the nation mourned the loss of one of its greatest leaders – President Franklin D. Roosevelt. FDR, as he was affectionately known, was a visionary leader who left an indelible mark on the United States, shaping the […]

Spotlight: The Nation Czech & Slovak Museum

At Advantage Archives, we are proud to have partnered with the National Czech & Slovak Museum on their recent digitization project. The museum, located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is dedicated to preserving and showcasing the rich cultural heritage of the Czech and Slovak people. With a mission to inspire people from every background to connect […]

Spotlight: The XIT Museum (Dalhart, TX)

The Community History Archive of The XIT Museum contains a vast variety of content, including: newspapers, yearbooks, grave marking, census data, city minutes and much more.  Nestled in the picturesque Texas Panhandle, Dalhart is a town steeped in history, and the XIT Museum is at the heart of preserving and showcasing its heritage. With a […]

Historical Resource Development Program Grants (HRDP)

HRDP Grants Iowa is a state rich in history. The Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs (IDCA) recognizes the importance of preserving and promoting that history through its Historical Resource Development Program (HRDP). The program provides financial assistance to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and individuals who are dedicated to preserving and promoting Iowa’s historical resources. The […]

Spotlight: The Marion Public Library

The Community History Archives of The Marion Public Library contains a vast variety of content, including newspapers, directories, and abstracts from records of undertakers and embalmers. The archive is one of the most diverse collections Advantage has had the privilege to digitize. Marion, Iowa has a rich and fascinating history that dates back to the […]

This Day In History: March 24th, 1989 – The Exxon Valdez

On March 24th, 1989, the Exxon Valdez, an oil tanker owned by Exxon Shipping Company, ran aground in Prince William Sound, Alaska, causing one of the worst environmental disasters in history. The tanker, which was carrying over 53 million gallons of crude oil, struck a reef and spilled approximately 11 million gallons of oil into […]

Funding: Get Creative!

Funding is a challenge for many organizations. I have put together a list of some creative ideas on how you can find funding for your organization. Crowdfunding: Platforms like GoFundMe and Kickstarter allow non-profits to raise funds through social media by promoting their cause to a large audience. GoFundMe is a popular crowdfunding platform that […]

His Dream: Looking Back At The Life & Times Of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (1963 – 1968)

It goes without saying that the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an extraordinary man, living in a time that today’s generation can’t conceive of. Unfortunately, the accounts written in the history books are a retelling of the funds in a narrative form and often fail to capture the atmosphere of tension, disdain, anger, […]

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