In 1989 the Card Catalog at Moraine Valley Community College was no longer was updated. Then in 1991 the Card Catalog was put to rest through a funeral-like service put on by librarians. The video is in the link below.
Associate Professor of History Josh Fulton tackles the legacy of the Great War. A conflict often forgotten in recent decades due to shifting US interests and the importance of World War II, he argues that it’s a powerfully significant event for understanding the world in the 21st century.
The audio of this discussion is available below:
A special tribute to the history of the Public Library in America. “A visual exploration of how a critical piece of social infrastructure came to be.”
This presentation discusses the quest of ninth century House of Wisdom scholars to check early scientific observations and to develop new methods of scientific research. It looks at the methods they used to calculate the circumference of the Earth as well as the position of the earth, planets, stars, and the moon. The place of the observatories in the Muslim world is also addressed. This lecture is part of the MOSAICS Building Bridges Program.
The audio of this discussion is available below:
January 9, 1994, the dedication ceremony for the Fine and Performing Arts Center (FPAC) occurred.
“Since that date, we have presented hundreds of performances representing dozens of different genres, exhibited nearly 100 professional artists in the art gallery, and seen over a half-million patrons come through our doors to explore the power of the arts.” – Tommy Hensel, Managing Director of the FPAC
To learn more about what the FPAC is offering for this season visit the Center’s website: https://www.morainevalley.edu/fpac/
View the physical exhibit in the Library’s lounge or to view the online exhibit visit the College Archive’s exhibit page:
Some excellent detective work on the origins of Dracula!
“The London Library today unveiled a fascinating discovery that sheds new light on how Dracula was researched and written. We’ve found 26 books that are almost certainly the original copies that Bram Stoker used to help research his enduring classic.
Philip Spedding, the Library’s Development Director who made the discovery, commented: “Bram Stoker was a member of The London Library but until now we have had no indication whether or how he used our collection. Today’s discovery changes that and we can establish beyond reasonable doubt that numerous books still on our shelves are the very copies that he was using to help write and research his masterpiece.” (See London Library’s “The Books that Created Dracula“)
Philip Spedding looks at the books discovered in The London Library that were used by Bram Stoker to research Dracula
On November 30th, the 41st President, George H.W. Bush passed away. As the nation remembers his years in office, take a look at these resources.
Here are a some biographies:
George Bush : the life of a Lone Star Yankee by Herbert S. Parmet
41 : a portrait of my father by George W. Bush (The 43rd President writes a biography of his father, the 41st President.)
Also, here is a discussion from the NPR Politics Podcast:
The College Archives wishes everyone a safe and enjoyable holiday season.
Join us in celebrating this season by looking back to the 1997 Holiday Party celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Moraine Valley. A poem was read in honor of the anniversary and for all the original employees who were still employed at the time.
Afterwards stop by the glass case in the Library Lounge and see some familiar librarian faces from the past celebrating the holidays.
Over the weekend, the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht (Nov 9-10, 1938) was observed. This night 100s of people died as 1000s of Jews were put in concentration campus, businesses were burnt, and families were separated. This marked an escalation of the Holocaust which would not end until the end of World War II.
Here is a story from faculty member Craig Rosen where he talks about Kristallnacht and how his family lost their business. He shares his story of the Ghosts he’s carried with him in a leather brief case. He had explored the documents inside, but the documents found him. Craig shares his family’s story that brings to life voices of the holocaust’s victims and survivors.
In the SW suburbs, we have some major cemeteries just down the road from our main campus! This TED Ed video seemed appropriate. It may be a week late given last week was Halloween!
“Spindly trees, rusted gates, crumbling stone, a solitary mourner: these things come to mind when we think of cemeteries. But not long ago, many burial grounds were lively places, with gardens and crowds of people — and for much of human history, we didn’t bury our dead at all. How did cemeteries become what they are today? Keith Eggener delves into our ever-evolving rituals for honoring the dead.”