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Songs from the Stacks News from Scott Sanders, Archivist
February marks the 60th anniversary of the most serious disaster, at least of a physical nature, in the history of Antioch College: the North Hall Fire. The blaze began on Sunday afternoon, Feb 22nd, 1953, during the winter term with a full house of nearly 100 students living there. Miraculously, no one was injured or worse, a testament to the existence, not to mention the expertise, of the College’s student-operated fire... › MORE
What follows appeared in the very first issue of earliest Antioch College publication in the archives, and the earliest known account of a holiday break in our holdings. Though unattributed, the article has the literary stamp of a member of the class of 1870, Ellen A. Cox. “Nellie” as she was known, was an exceptional student, a leading figure in the women’s Crescent Literary Society, and served on the editorial staff in The... › MORE
Inspiration for this installment comes from the second Tuesday in November: Election Day. While the nation voted for President of the United States and Ohio decided on State Issues 1 and 2, Antioch College held its first elections in years to regenerate Community Government. The College held this election in the East Gym, which holds the very coolest thing Antioch College owns: the Gilbert Wilson Mural. A long article in the May 1937... › MORE
Feeling in an electoral mood, “Stacks” ventures into politics this month, though true to form into the politics of 1848. That year, the first in American history to have a single Election Day, saw an electorate certainly as polarized as the one heading into the Election of 2012, and perhaps even more so, due to a single monumental issue, namely the extension of slavery into territory acquired in the Mexican War, known euphemistically... › MORE
Among the many founders of Antioch College, none had more far reaching impact on its subsequent history than the Reverend Eli Fay (1822–1899). Fay came from Cazenovia, New York, near Syracuse, appears to have been largely self-educated, and joined the Christian denomination in the 1840s. A leading delegate to the Marion Convention of 1850 where the idea of Antioch College was formally put to paper, Fay advanced the twin founding... › MORE
Among the momentous events of 1914, which include the outbreak of the First World War, the establishment of Mother’s Day as an official holiday in the United States, and the film debut of Charlie Chaplin, was the most remarkable season in the history of Antioch College football. As incongruous as the terms “Antioch College” and “football” may sound, the College known for not playing sports maintained intercollegiate athletics for... › MORE