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After the January 25, 1978 local forecast called for only 2 inches of wet snow, most of the country was shocked and unprepared when January 26 brought on one of the worst blizzards anyone had seen. The images here come from a Springfield News-Sun special section that ran in the paper one month after the storm. The 1978 Blizzard is legendary, with everyone who sludged through it having stories to tell. How about you all, what do you remember about the 1978 Blizzard?If you missed our virtual program about the 1978 Blizzard a couple of weeks ago, you can find the recording here: fb.watch/3ce0WjsXW9/You can also WBLY recordings of Smilin' Bob Yontz on the air following the storm here: soundcloud.com/user-986203425/smilin-bob-yontz-on-the-radio-during-the-blizzard-of-1978-springfie... and here: soundcloud.com/user-986203425/smilin-bob-yontz-on-the-radio-during-the-blizzard-of-1978-springfie... ... See MoreSee Less
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Today is #NationalHandwritingDay, so we wanted to give a shout out to those of you out there that can transcribe even the most difficult handwriting! We were tickled to discover that this day is celebrated today because this afternoon an intrepid Heritage Center archives volunteer has been working for quite a while on the arduous task of trying to transcribe this diary from around 1918. The author, local woman Nina Eichelberger, made do with what she had available to her at the time, reusing an old ledger. She utilized EVERY inch of space, nearly edge to edge and sometimes across two pages to share the stories of her life. A couple of volunteers have been working on this project, going bleary eyed to make sense of the pages and even trying to transcribe the ledger text underneath whenever possible. We salute them and all those who help make the past more accessible through transcription! ... See MoreSee Less
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