We have recently digitized this short piece of silent film from the Homer Gard papers in our archives. It looks to be from the Hamilton Journal News offices around 1939 or 1940. We would like to identify as many people as we can. If you know anyone in here, please let us know by emailing email@example.com, or leave a comment on our Facebook page.
The Journal-News is reporting that when Miami University gives Shideler Hall a face-lift in 2016, the famous globe in its lobby could be history instead of historical.
“The existing globe is no longer accurate as to political boundaries and names of numerous countries; it takes up a significant amount of square footage; and it is unlikely that the globe could be successfully moved, stored and reinstalled without damage,” said university spokesperson Claire Wagner.
The globe will actually be removed later this month when the building is vacated.
Although it contains out-dated geographic borders and will be replaced by a digital globe that will not have borders marked, the globe is historically significant for several reasons. It was a $15,000 gift in 1965 from Andrew S. Iddings, a Dayton lawyer and explorer, in memory of his grandfather, Daniel W. Iddings, who had been part of Miami’s class of 1842, and Shideler Hall was literally built around it. The 49-year-old globe would be worth $104,000 today, according to estimates.
The following people correctly identified one or more of the items:
- Wyatt Parman, Hamilton
- Tim Plageman, Hamilton
- Nicholas Deugles, Middletown
- Jacob Long, Liberty, IN
- William Simms, Hamilton
- Chris Sheard, Oxford
- John Bowling, Hamilton
A reception honoring a summer exhibit: Covington’s Cincinnati, 4 to 6 p.m. this Thursday, July 24, Walter Havighurst Special Collections, 3rd floor, King Library, Miami University, Oxford.
Jack White, MU ’58, former Smithsonian curator, and native of Cincinnati, will give a guided tour of the exhibit he guest curated.
About the Covington Collection
The history of the Old Northwest Territory and the Ohio River Valley is available in the Covington Collection of over 10,000 volumes that chronicle exploration, settlement and growth of these areas. Shedding light on the region are emigrant guides; books on farming and mechanical arts; early regional imprints; and territory, state, regional and local histories. Contemporary accounts and documentary material chronicle the history of transportation, including early railroads and river navigation, with special emphasis on the Ohio River system and Cincinnati’s riverboats.
Early U.S. exploration is represented in materials by Lewis & Clark, Zebulon Pike, Stephen Long, Robert Stanton, and Henry Schoolcraft, as well as works on Arctic, Antarctic and Canadian expeditions. Works about British, French and European exploration are also represented. Writings and translations of early missionaries living in North America, together with early maps and atlases, enhance these collections.
The exploration of the United States is tied almost directly with the development of transportation. The collections include stagecoach, canal and railroad timetables, and materials documenting the development of inland river and steamboat transportation on the Ohio and Mississippi River systems.
The Samuel Fulton Covington Collection includes important collections of both books and manuscripts. Covington (no known relation to Covington, Kentucky) was an Indiana native who built a successful career in the crowded Cincinnati insurance industry during the second half of the 1800′s. His experiences and those of his family typify the growing middle class that evolved in industrial America.
In addition to Samuel’s important collection of books on Ohio and mid-American regional history, the family’s remarkable collection of diaries, correspondence, scrapbooks, photographs and ephemera provide a fascinating look at an earlier Cincinnati. A bibliography of the materials in the exhibit may be found here.
From our Summer 2014 newsletter:
The BCHS Costume Collection Gets Some Needed Attention
Prior to their graduation in May, two Miami University interns have been moving boxes, struggling with dress forms, stressing over spreadsheets and making fabulous costume discoveries. Mallory Hellenthal, an Art and Architectural History major and Michelle McVicker, an Individualized Studies student served as interns working with the extensive BCHS costume collection spring semester.
Mallory focused her attention on organization of the clothing and textiles collection, emphasizing what came to be known as the “attic collection”. Multiple boxes that had been stored in the attic were brought downstairs and the artifacts in the boxes cataloged. Mallory developed a spreadsheet that defines each item, including a general description, approximate date, condition, donor, wearer and several other descriptors. She recently recorded her 1,200th item, with many more artifacts to be
Michelle spent her time on exhibits, interpreting the Butler County Theaters exhibition and three Benninghofen House bedrooms with clothing and accessories. Using borrowed dress forms, Michelle located the appropriate artifacts from the BCHS collection and dressed the forms, a difficult task given the custom clothing of the 19th century! Clothing from the 1880s, 1910s and 1920s is displayed in the bedrooms. Mallory provided valuable advice based on her prior exhibition experience. Michelle wrote text panels with appropriate images (photos or fashion plates) to put the artifacts in historical context for visitors.
Mallory will continue to volunteer with the costume collection at BCHS this summer and Michelle will serve as a costume intern at the Chicago Institute for the Arts. Sara Butler, BCHS Board member, mentored Mallory and Michelle during their internships.
Stop by the historical society soon to see the results of their hard work and some marvelous costume artifacts from the BCHS collection!
Did you know that the security system that protects the Declaration of Independence and other American treasures was made right here in Hamilton by the Mosler Safe Company? The Butler County Historical Society owns a working model of that system.
In July, a reunion of Mosler Safe employees will gather in Hamilton, so we have set up a display of more Mosler items from our collection in the Emma Ritchie Auditorium. Stop by during our regular hours and take a peek.
The Butler County History Collaborative and the Museums and Historic Sites of Greater Cincinnati will present “A Sampling of Southwest Ohio History” in conjunction with the Hueston Woods Arts and Crafts Fair.
Representatives from area history organizations will be on hand to share information about local historic travel destinations.
Participants include the Butler County Historical Society, the Lane Library’s Smith Library of Regional History, the Clermont County Historical Society, the Oxford Museum Association and others.
The Hueston Woods Arts and Crafts Fair will be 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Pioneer Farm, 6924 Brown Road, Oxford. Admission is $4 per adult.
The history sampler is made possible by a grant from the Smith Family Charitable Trust.
An mural by Hamilton favorite son Robert McCloskey has been “discovered” in an Elementary School in Westchester County, N.Y., thanks to the detective work of the school’s librarian.
“Nobody knows how the mural came to be at the elementary school. According to Jane, her father had worked out a deal with a local dentist by the name of Vic Johnson to exchange dental work for a mural. Pequenakonck Elementary School was built in 1972, and one of the theories is that Johnson (or his family) may have given the McCloskey mural to the school when he closed his practice. Over the years, the mural was moved to several obscure locations around the school, but it now hangs in a hall outside the school library newly framed and encased in glass thanks to the school’s Parent Teacher Organization.”
The Butler County Historical Society has teamed up with the Lane Libraries, Heritage Hall, the City of Hamilton, the Hamilton Community Foundation and the Colligan History Project to honor the 100th birthday of Robert McCloskey throughout the year. Click here for a PDF brochure with a schedule of events.
Thanks to Gratia Banta, youth services manager at the Lane Libraries for the tip.
Friends and descendants of Charles Richter, the physicist who created the first scale to measure the magnitude of Earthquakes, gathered at the Richter Roundabout near Edgewood High School on Friday, April 21, to celebrate his birthday. Richter was born in Butler County and moved to California as a youth. Celebrants enjoyed “earthquake cookies” and placed rocks at the base of the Ohio Historical Marker commemorating Richter and his achievements.
Photos by Donna Marquardt