We’re delighted to announce the launch of our Hall of Heroes. It’s a celebration of heroic figures and exciting stories of bravery – from unsung underdogs to military medal winners.
We’d love to invite you to submit the heroes from your own family history too.
To mark the launch of the ‘Hall of Heroes’, we’re also releasing new US records:
• Texas, Bexar County Burials 1855-2007: includes almost 20,000 records of burials in several cemeteries in Bexar County, Texas. The records in this collection date back to just ten years after Texas was first admitted to the United States in 1845, and continue for over 150 years. Bexar County, Texas, has its capital at San Antonio, the seventh largest city in the country, and a city with a long and fascinating history.
• PERSI monthly image update: We’ve added images to the indexes of fifteen different publications in PERSI, including The American Irish Historical Society Journal (1898-1922), The American Historical Society’s Americana (1909-1923) and the Connecticut Historical Society Annual Report (1890-1923).
• PERSI quarterly index update: Our mission to make the make the most complete version of the PERiodical Source Index available online continues with our quarterly addition to this rich database. This update includes articles published in the last 2 years, bringing it right up-to-date.
Unsung underdogs to military heroes
The Hall aims to celebrate the actions of all types of heroes, including men, women, children and animals. Notable stories include Salem Poor (1747-1802), who was an African-American slave who bought his freedom, joined the army, and became a hero of the Revolutionary War. His gallantry during the Battle of Bunker Hill so impressed his fellow soldiers that they petitioned the General Court of Massachusetts on his behalf. Poor was commemorated with a stamp as part of the United States Bicentennial in 1975. Poor Street in Andover is named after him.
Another hero we're celebrating is Sergeant Alvin Cullum York, one of the most decorated American soldiers in World War I. Alvin won the Medal of Honor, Distinguished Service Cross. Legion of Honour, Croix de Guerre, War Merit Cross, and Order of Prince Danilo I for his service in France. York endeavoured to live a relatively quiet life after the war, shunning opportunities to cash in on his new fame. In the twenties he founded the Alvin C. York Foundation, aiming to increase education opportunities in his home state of Tennessee.