Sunday, January 20, 2019

Berea's Work College Mission Featured on CBS This Morning

Berea College and its work college model were featured yesterday on CBS in a video segment with reporting by Michelle Miller, "Kentucky college has stayed tuition-free for more than a century."  Miller's segment provides a good overview of Berea's mission and how the institution impacts the lives of the students it serves.

The College History Garden blog has a couple of posts where you can learn more about the history of Berea College:
You can also review a number of earlier Small College Garden posts that feature work colleges:

Thursday, January 17, 2019

App-based Audio Tours Highlight Oberlin's History

Oberlin College & Conservatory issued a news release this week, "App-based Tour Illuminates Oberlin’s History," written by Hillary Hempstead. 

Hempstead focuses on "Oberlin College: The First Century," an audio tour that introduces visitors to the College's early history.  It was developed under the auspices of the Oberlin College Archives and the Coalition for Oberlin History using the Izi.Travel app.  

Gary Kornblith, emeritus professor of history, and a number of other people from the campus and community worked together on the project that also now includes additional audio tours using the same platform:

Century of Connection...Highlighting the History of The College of St. Benedict

WJON radio published a five part series by Ashli Overlund in 2013, A Century of Connection, focusing on a century of history at St. Benedict College following the admission of the first students one hundred years earlier in 1913.

St. Benedict's was founded by the Sisters of Saint Benedict's Monastery and is located in St. Joseph, MN.

The initial text with each of the following bullets links to the original WJON post.  The respective YouTube videos from these posts are also embedded following each bullets.

You can also visit web pages of the College of St. Benedict for an historical sketch of the institution or access an extensive array of resources through the College of St. Benedict Archives.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

University of Nebraska Celebrates 150th Anniversary

The Omaha World-Herald published "Morrill Act opened door for Nebraska's university," on January 6, 2019.  

The article provides a brief sketch of the founding of the University of Nebraska and notes, "On Feb. 15, 1869, taking advantage of the federal Morrill Land-Grant Act, the bill establishing the University of Nebraska unanimously passed both houses of the state legislature. Gov. David Butler signed the bill into law the same day."
You can learn more about the institution's history and various anniversary activities by visiting the Nebraska 150 web pages.  The Archives and Special Collections also offers a number of interesting collections: 

50th Anniversary for the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2019

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of its founding in 1969.

UAB's traces its history back along two paths to the 1859 founding of the Medical College of Alabama and the 1936 opening of the Birmingham Extension Center of the University of Alabama. 

In 1945 the Medical College of Alabama was moved from Tuscaloosa and the University's Medical Center was founded in Birmingham. In 1954 the Extension Center was moved to a newly constructed facility adjacent to the Medical Center, bringing together for the first time the University's two academic components in Birmingham. 

Later, in November of 1966, the Extension Center and the Medical Center were administratively merged to form the "University of Alabama in Birmingham," an organizational component of the University of Alabama (in Tuscaloosa). In 1969 UAB became an independent institution, one of the autonomous universities within the newly created three-campus University of Alabama System.

UAB's Archives offer an extensive Chronological History of the institution that includes its predecessors. Archives collections also include university records, manuscripts, and photographs.

Monday, January 14, 2019

Founding of the University of Glasgow in 1451

The Scotsman published a short historical sketch for the University of Glasgow with reporting by Alison Campsie, "On this day 1451: The University of Glasgow is founded." Campsie notes that Pope Nicholas V issued a papal bull in 1451, following a suggestion of King James II, to allow a university to be added to the city’s cathedral.

The university's archives offer links to a rich array of historical resources that include Prominent Individuals Associated with the University and the records of Predecessor and Affiliated Institutions. You can also find a link to The University of Glasgow Story that offers an impressively rich array of information on the men and women who have contributed to the University's development over the past six centuries. Over 2440 historical images are also available for review.