Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Writing its History: The University of Pennsylvania

The PennCurrent website features a post by Greg Johnson, "For the Record: A Pennsylvania Album," that provides interesting information about A Pennsylvania Album that was originally published in 1990 as part of the celebration of the University of Pennsylvania's 250th anniversary.

The book includes ten essays written by undergraduate students that provide insight into institutional history and student life from 1740.  History professor Richard Slator Dunn and director of the university archives Mark Frazier Lloyd served as editors.

The University Archives and Records Center offers .pdfs of the book through their web pages.

by Richard Slator Dunn and Mark Frazier Lloyd
Rites of Passage: Student Traditions and Class Fights
by Andrew K. Becker and Michelle A. Woodson
The Quadrangle
by Elizabeth A. Linck
Blacks at Penn, Then and Now
by Marvin P. Lyon, Jr.
Women at Penn in the 1950s
by Lisa M. Silverman

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Alice Lloyd: Her Story and that of Alice Lloyd College

The Lexington, KY Herald-Leader published an article, "She came to Ky. in a buggy. 100 years later, thousands have low-debt college degrees," by Bill Estep on May 12, 2017.  Estep provides the fascinating story of Alice Lloyd, her work in eastern Kentucky, and how her legacy is alive today at Alice Lloyd College. 
You can also visit the Alice Lloyd College website to read more about the institution's history.  You can also visit the The Work College Consortium to learn more about the work college concept as it is practiced at Alice Lloyd College and on the campuses of the other consortium members.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Duke Honors Black Architect who Designed 40 Iconic Buildings on Campus

WRAL-TV in North Carolina posted a short video segment on Julian Abele, "Duke honors black architect who designed 40 campus buildings in 1920s."  The reporting by Mikaya Thurmond and photographer Darrell Pryor provides images of the campus and buildings.  Duke is renaming a portion of its campus to honor Abele's contribution.  The segment also notes that Abele was the first black to earn an architectural degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Duke Today also offered an article, "Duke Names Quad in Honor of Julian Abele," with more images and details on both Abele and the campus buildings he designed.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Closing Services at Brethren Service Center: Site was home to several colleges

The Carroll County Times published an article by Kevin Dayhoff, "Brethren Service Center in New Windsor holds closing worship service," on April 30, 2017.  Dayhoff reports on the closing of the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, MD and he provides a short historical sketch of the campus that was home to several colleges from 1843-1942 [New Windsor College (Presbyterian), Calvert College (Catholic), and Blue Ridge College (Church of the Brethren)].

The Brethren have used the site to operate their various disaster relief efforts and will be consolidating those programs at another location in New Windsor.  Dayhoff indicates the site has been purchased by Shanghai Yulun Education Group that plans to operate a preparatory academy.

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Alverno College Provides Easy Access to Historical Resources

The Alverno College library offers an interesting library guide, "130 Years and Counting!" that uses Alverno's eight presidents as a way to organize the institution's history.  

Links in the lower right hand corner of the page also provide easy access for site visitors to seek more information.  Ask the Archivist brings up a web form for emailing questions or you can follow the link to the Archives web pages for a variety of other institutional information:

Friday, April 28, 2017

McDaniel College Launches Sesquicentennial Celebration

McDaniel College in Westminster, MD is launching a year long sesquicentennial celebration of its founding in 1867  The institution was initially known as Western Maryland College and adopted its current name in 2002.  
You can visit McDaniel's 150th anniversary webpages for historical information and more on planned events.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Remembering Nebraska's John F. Kennedy College

The Omaha World-Herald reprinted an interesting article this week that originally appeared in the paper in 2003, "Nebraska's Kennedy College survived just 10 years but was a pioneer and powerhouse in women's sports."  David Harding, the article's author, indicates that the institution briefly and successfully provided opportunities for female student athletes.

A previous College History Garden post provides links to an alumni web site and another article on the college.  John F. Kennedy College operated from from 1965-1975 in Wahoo, NE. Kennedy College occupied the campus that was previously the home of Luther Junior College founded in 1883. Luther merged with Midland College (Fremont, Nebraska) in 1962 and the name was changed to Midland Lutheran College, now Midland University.