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Commercial fairs come in all sizes-- county, state, and international--and they are as popular today as ever. How did they come to be? What goes on at them? Why do they continue to appeal to young people? This lively report on the modern fair answers these questions and many others. The opening chapters relate the change from the European market fair, like the one at Nizhni Novgorod in Russia, to the competitive showcase that developed in the United States. Following chapters take up the various activities that fairs engage in: agricultural events, household arts, youth and vocational programs, entertainment, and special exhibits in such fields as science and transportation. Specific examples from the over 3200 fairs that take place each year illustrate each category, and major fairs all over the country are included. Not surprisingly, the largest one is the State Fair of Texas, held outside of Dallas. All this wide-ranging information is gathered together in a smoothly knit narrative by a knowledgeable author, who has participated in a number of fairs herself.
During their six-year ordeal of World War II, the Blumenthal family lived in refugee and prison camps, including the notorious concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in Germany. This is their story, as seen through the eyes of a child.
This book is a guide for tracing one's ancestors via various means. An appendix describes how to use a number of available government resources.
From the back cover: " What happens to people after they die? The Egyptians thought if they mummified a dead person, his spirit would live forever. At first nature did the job; the desert sun dried and preserved bodies buried in shallow sand-pit graves. Mummifying methods became more elaborate with time, as did after-life dwelling places. Eventually, the Egyptians built the largest known tombs--the pyramids--in which wealthy Egyptians were buried with food, household items, and treasure. The ancient Egyptian way of death has left us a rich legacy of information about a way of life of which there is no other record. Lila Perl's thoroughly documented account is as fascinating as it is revealing." The information in this book is very helpful in explaining the background of fictional books about Egypt like The Mummy Chronicles, Mummy's Mother, and the Amelia Peabody mystery books which are all available from Bookshare.
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