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Songs from the Stacks News from Scott Sanders, Archivist
06.27.2013 A statue of Horace Mann, the first president of Antioch College, has been the topic of much discussion lately on the campus over which he once presided. Erected on a site in Glen Helen that was once part of Mann’s farm by Hugh Taylor Birch, class of 1869, as part of a national celebration marking the centennial of public education in America, the statue is the second of two cast from the same mold, albeit about 75 years apart, and one of the few... › MORE
05.29.2013 Inspiration for this installment comes from Antiochiana's primary stock in trade: scholarly reference. A descendant of Ada Shepard, a member of the very first graduating class of Antioch College in 1857, working on an article for publication contacted the archives for a specific historical need, and over the course of some correspondence ended up with materials that provided a whole new light on great grandmother Ada. This illumination came in the form... › MORE
04.25.2013 During the last two weeks of March, the Dayton area observed the centennial of the most tragic event in its history, the Great Flood of 1913. The Dayton Daily News published the stirring accounts of the people who were there to see the Great Miami River rise above its levies and the water levels downtown reach a height of 20 feet in some places, the local PBS affiliate THINKTV replayed its excellent homegrown documentary “Goodbye, the Levee Has... › MORE
03.27.2013 By Scott Sanders, Archivist This installment of “Songs” might appear from the headline as a joke worthy of April Fools’ Day, but at the time it was published as fact. The year 1919 was a time of great transition in America. With the conclusion of the First World War, still called Great since the Second was not entirely foreseeable, the United States was dealing with a troubled economy, an influx of returning war veterans, a disturbing... › MORE
02.28.2013 By Scott Sanders, Archivist A powerful libretto of Black Power follows. The soloist, Professor Emerita of Social Work Jewel Graham, gave the remarks reprinted below at a meeting of the American Orthopsychiatric Association in 1970. At that time Antioch College was grappling with the implementation and implications of its most ambitious and comprehensive effort to increase, using the parlance of the time, its “cultural pluralism.” Known as the... › MORE
01.31.2013 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 department known as “Maples.” In... › MORE
12.27.2012 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 Antiochian’s first year of... › MORE
11.29.2012 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 issue of Scribner’s... › MORE
10.25.2012 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 as “the sectional... › MORE
09.27.2012 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 principles of... › MORE
08.31.2012 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 than 50 years.... › MORE
07.26.2012 Eero Saarinen, Birch Hall, and the Master Plan Eero Saarinen (1910–1961) was not yet the celebrated, controversial architect he would become when Antioch College engaged his firm to put together its first campus master plan in 1944. That year a fledgling Campus Planning Committee had concluded that the College required the services of an experienced reputable architect to help merge the many physical needs of a campus barely changed since its... › MORE