14 Jul, 2024

Plano 150: Women in Plano

March is Women’s History month and to celebrate it we recognize the contributions of the women of Plano. Over the last 150 years, women have provided support, direction, and leadership in building the community we celebrate today. A variety of photographs, journals, and textiles that showcase these contributions are on display now at the Genealogy […]

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Plano 150: Plano Education through the Years

2023 marks Plano’s 150th anniversary, and the Genealogy Center at Haggard Library is hosting displays to celebrate! The first display examines Plano education through the years.   Plano schools started in 1882 with the founding of the Plano Institute. The city bought the school in 1891 and took over operations. These first public school buildings did […]

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Menus, as we know them, are believed to date back to the 1100s in China, but they started becoming more commonplace worldwide during the mid-1800s. Let’s examine some of the menus from the Gladys Harrington Scrapbooks and the Plano High School football banquets for this month’s #ArchivesHashtagParty about the #ArchivesMenu.  High School Banquets Banquets are […]

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Plano Library Speaks: Preserving Collin County History

https://traffic.libsyn.com/planolibrary/PLSpeaks14.mp3 Podcast: Play in new window | Download In episode 14 of the Plano Library Speaks podcast, we talk with Genealogy Librarian Cheryl Smith about the library’s online archive – Collin County Images. Links or information mentioned in the show can be found below. Be sure to subscribe to the podcast to be the first […]

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Family Tree Starter Kit

Sketch out your family tree with materials, resources, and programming from Plano Public Library. Plano Public Library offers everything you need to learn a new skill, develop a new hobby, and pursue a new career. This month’s Starter Kit, in honor of National Family History Month, focuses on genealogical resources that you can access to start, […]

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All American: The Power of Sports 

#ArchivesSports memorabilia is prevalent among the items in the Plano Public Library Archives. The collection has a baseball cap, letter patches and a 1934 Plano High School Letter Sweater with a bi-district champion patch. Notice the size of the sweater compared to librarian Tre. A Plano Senior High football player of today is unlikely to […]

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In the age of the email signature, there’s something beautiful about a handwritten name. Your signature is evidence of who you are and it is supposed to be as unique as a thumbprint (although famous forgeries exist). This month, we are celebrating #ArchivesSignatures for the National Archives and Records Administration’s (NARA) #ArchivesHashtagParty.  Used to seal […]

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