The Cathedrals of Europe

The flames that engulfed Notre Dame Cathedral have died out but the ramifications of this disaster will be analyzed by historians for years to come. This cathedral and numerous other cathedrals are recognized for their historical and cultural significance by the  UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Want more information on this fascinating topic?  Check out the MVCC catalog.  One book that I would highly recommend is the historical novel, Pillars of the Earth.  We have numerous titles to choose from if you prefer non-fiction.   Also, our historical databases have informative articles that  explain the intricacies of medieval churches.

The President of France, Emmanuel Macron, promises that Notre Dame will rise from the ashes in the next five years.  Vive Notre Dame!

World War I in American Memory: The Legacy of the Forgotten War (video)

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.

World War I in American Memory: The Legacy of the Forgotten War

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Measuring, Mapping and Observing the World: House of Wisdom Scientists (video)

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.

Measuring, Mapping and Observing the World: House of Wisdom Scientists

The audio of this discussion is available below:

Fine and Performing Arts Center 25th Anniversary

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:

View the physical exhibit in the Library’s lounge or to view the online exhibit visit the College Archive’s exhibit page:

The Books that Created Dracula

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

The Books that Created Dracula

The Books That Created Dracula from The London Library on Vimeo.

Remembering President George H.W. Bush

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.)

George H.W. Bush by Timothy Naftali

Also, here is a discussion from the NPR Politics Podcast:

Celebrate the Holidays with the College Archives

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.

December Archive Exhibit

Afterwards stop by the glass case in the Library Lounge and see some familiar librarian faces from the past celebrating the holidays.

80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Ghosts and the Holocaust and the Suitcase of Documents

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.

Family Matters: Ghosts and the Holocaust and the Suitcase of Documents