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As Americans, we tend to mythologize our founding fathers. In history classes, novels, and historical documentaries, we often focus on the Revolutionary War and the ideas that made men like George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, and John Hancock so special.

What we often forget is that their ideas came from the simple act of reading. When Benjamin Franklin was young, he loved reading so much, he gave up eating meat in part to have more cash for buying books.

In honoring this 4th of July, Hannon Library invites you to learn about the the founding fathers in their own words. We have autobiographical books by Benjamin Franklin, George Washington, and John Adams. We also have numerous writings by Thomas Jefferson, and a great biography on John Hancock.

So have a mental chat with the signers of the Declaration of Independence through the literature available at Hannon Library, and we hope you had a happy Independence Day!

By Alex Mesadieu

By Alex Mesadieu

Last weekend the staff of Hannon Library hit the streets, marching in the 2015 Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, an event that has been celebrated in Ashland for over 100 years.

The Old Fashioned 4th of July Celebration begins every year at the crack of dawn, with a morning run, and ends with a massive parade. The parade attracts an estimated 20,000 spectators according to the Ashland Chamber of Commerce.

Hannon Library staff marched in the parade surrounded by over 100 representatives of the different programs and departments at Southern Oregon University. SOU’s entry in the parade had everything from a rock band playing music from the back of a truck, to SOU President Roy Saigo waving to thousands of audience members.

SOU is indispensable to the economic and cultural framework of Ashland. Because of SOU’s important role in the region, university employees love to participate in the events and traditions that make Ashland great.

See video coverage of the parade, courtesy of RVTV, here: https://youtu.be/U6R848Kt7q8?t=19m18s4thofJuly