Archive for January, 2009

Scrapbooks: Attachments

Be sure that anything you place in the scrapbook is firmly attached. If you are attaching something that has printing on the side you’ll be gluing to the page, make a copy of the glued side and include it face up. It is tempting to glue one corner so the attached can be enjoyed as it was originally produced. However, with the wear of readers enjoying it, the adhesive can weaken. Books that travel a way to Convention also may find attached items coming off during travel. Don’t handicap yourself by having items that may not survive in your book until after judging. If required item(s) fall out due to the lack of adhesive, no one can enjoy it.


Scrapbooks: Quality counts

We all know that scrapbook quality is a somewhat subjective subject. However, making sure your publication is basically neat (no dried glue globs, captions printed with a mis-aligned printer head, etc.), has a systematic arrangement and is considered by your group to have an artistic appearance, are not hard things to do. It enriches your historical record and makes it more enjoyable for those who get to view it.

Scrapbooks: History is important

Many people look at fine examples of scrapbooks as only ‘fluff”. It is important that your book have strong historical content. Both as it pertains to UDC over the current year, and the War Between the States.

Scrapbooks: Other items to include

Items of interest to UDC, Division, or Chapter are all things that can be placed in your Scrapbook. Material should be pertinent to the current year, though not specifically pertaining to your particular Division or Chapter.

Oklahoma Division Statistial Report Quick Sheet – Ready Reference

This is a ready reference sheet I produced for our Division this year and has been provided for member reference only. It is a supplemental reference to the Statistical Report and has not been approved by General:


Division Historian Award Quick Sheet

(Special Award Note)

See actual Statistical Sheet for details on each.


Transcribe an unpublished:

·         Diary of the 1860s (Purdue)

·         Confederate Letter Collection (Wittichen)

Radio or TV appearances by our members teaching Confederate History (Simmons), historical articles, books and other literary material for publication (Banner)

Encourage Confederate Spirit in any or every school in your region:

·         Observance of Anniversaries and Birthdays of Confederates (Weinmann)

·         Confederate Essays (Weinmann)

·         Award Jefferson Davis Silver Medals (Weinmann)

·         Give Stateand Confederate Flags (Weinmann)

·         Give Southern and Confederate Photographs (Weinmann), (Banner)

·         Give books, movies, music and other media of Confederate and Southern note (Weinmann)/(Simmons), count books read by pupils (Simmons)

·         Present Confederate themed lectures to pupils (Weinmann), other groups (Banner)

·         Encourage writing Confederate essays, plays and pageants by pupils (Simmons), performances by pupils  (Simmons)

·         Southern musical performances by pupils (Simmons)

Meeting with Historical Program – note if General (Banner)

Essays and awards (includes $) offered for General Historian Contest (Banner)

Confederate Graves and Historical Places marked (Banner)

Chapter owned Confederate Museum (Banner)

Monies and volunteerism at non-Chapter Confederate Museum (Banner)

Correct Chapter Yearbook and/or Scrapbook (Banner)

Chapter Newsletter sent to Division & General (Banner)

Confederate era items and books, videos and other media donated to the appropriate agency (Banner)

Confederate History text reviewed (Banner)

Southern non-fiction books read (Banner)

Other efforts by members to present impartial Southern history (Banner)

Jefferson Davis Gold Medals (Banner)

Confederate Reminiscences sent to Division Historian

Southern Crosses of Honor located and reported to Division & General

Confederate Veteran Grave Information reported to Division

Preservation of Historic Sites reported to Division

Concise written report of current year’s Chapter Historical Activity. Description of unique or different activities encouraged.

Scrapbooks: Programs and Yearbook

Each scrapbook needs to include a listing of the year’s programs and a copy of the yearbook for maximum points in this judging area.

Scrapbooks: The Who and What

All of your activities and photographs should cover the current year. What went on should be made clear with each activity entry. All photographs should be labeled with a date and the occasion as well as identifying everyone visible. While almost any scrapbooker can think of valid exceptions to some of these rules, don’t forget that some judges don’t consider exceptions when tallying points. Should you leave items out just to make a perfect points book? Talk it over with your Chapter/Division – you’ll make the right choice!

Two common to conundrums are anniversaries (then and now photos) and In Memoriam.

Scrapbooks: Your number is up

To qualify for table of contents points, each and every page in the scrapbook must be numbered. A Table of Contents, or and old fashioned index – in the front of the book – must take advantage of those numbers. Creativity is fine, but only listing title page, table of contents, and memories don’t make a full table of contents – even if you list their page numbers.

Scrapbooks: Motto is a must

Our motto: Think, Love, Pray, Dare, Live are more than just words to live by. When you include this in your yearbook, make sure it is in an easy to spot location. If it is overlooked during judging, no points can be awarded.

Good example: On cover, title page, or it’s own themed page, in easy to read text with lots of blank or background space around it.

Bad example: Repeated in small script to form a border around a photo. This can be an elegant use, but one that can easily be missed.

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