Thursday, March 13 @ 7.30 pm
Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton
Steve Vogel, The Washington Post
Steve Vogel covered the fall of the Berlin Wall, the first Gulf War, operations in Somalia, Rwanda and the Balkans, the September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon, and was an embedded journalist in Iraq. Join him for the fascinating story of how Francis Scott Key wrote the Star Spangled Banner during the War of 1812. With performances by Bess Arlene Camacho, Soprano, and Hamilton High School’s award-winning Rhapsody in Blue Show Choir.
- Free public event. Reception to follow.
The Colligan History Project thanks friend and past presenter Trudy E. Bell for drawing to our attention the following unique footage of the Great Miami River Flood of 1913. These rare images are now housed in the Glenn R. Walters collection in the University Archives and Collections, University of Dayton. As Trudy notes: “Silent motion picture news films shot of the 1913 flood raging in Ohio and Indiana may represent the first time a natural disaster was caught on film while it was still in progress.” To find out more, see Trudy’s installment “Screening Disaster” in her blog chronicling the 1913 flood:
CLICK HERE FOR LINK. OUR NATIONAL CALAMITY: THE GREAT EASTER 1913 FLOOD
Those who enjoyed last night’s “Lincoln and the Gettysburg Moment” will have already heard that our guest speaker won the 2014 Lincoln Prize, jointly sponsored by the Gilder Lehrman Institute and Gettysburg College.
Martin Johnson, recently-promoted Associate Professor of History at Miami University’s Hamilton campus was recognized for his new book, Writing the Gettysburg Address. A link to the February 12 prize committee press release is below:
2014 Gilder Lehrman Lincoln Prize
In its citation, the prize committee described the book as:
- a strikingly original, subtly nuanced, and beautifully written examination of when and how the Gettysburg Address was written. It has been suggested that this important speech was written on the back of an envelope on the train to Gettysburg. Instead, Johnson proves that the speech was written as part of Lincoln’s emotional and spiritual journey to the Gettysburg battlefield and cemetery, and the book’s greatest strength may be its ability to bring the reader along on this journey. His argument that the Gettysburg Address did not spring fully formed from Lincoln’s head but was the product, in part, of the actual process of writing in Washington and Gettysburg is quite original. Johnson says and does much to clarify how we got the greatest American political speech.
Martin shares this year’s $50,000 prize with fellow historian Alan Guelzo, author of “Gettysburg: The Last Invasion” (many will recognize Guelzo as the winner of the 2009 Dolibois History Prize, awarded by the Colligan History Project!). It speaks to the scholarship of both scholars that they were selected from a pool of 114 nominees, representing the cream of Lincoln and Civil War studies. Both winners also receive a lifesize replica bronze bust of Abraham Lincoln, modeled on an original sculpture by Augustus Saint-Gaudens. The prize ceremony this April in New York City also recognizes Steven Spielberg with a unique Special Achievement Award for his Academy Award-winning biopic Lincoln.
Please join us at the Colligan Project in congratulating Martin on this outstanding distinction!
Wednesday, February 12, @ 7.30 pm
Harry T. Wilks Conference Center
Martin P. Johnson, Miami University, History
To mark Abraham Lincoln’s birthday we stand with him at Gettysburg where he announced “a new birth of freedom” for the nation. Solemn funeral rites for Union dead included ceremonies of prayer and commemoration that provoked Lincoln to openly shed tears of mourning before freshly mounded graves. He had with him a carefully prepared speech, but when speaking was moved to a new urgency and inspiration. Reconstructing Lincoln’s journey to the Gettysburg moment allows a radical vision of the Civil War’s meaning and a new understanding of the American experiment.
- Free public event. Reception to follow.
2014 brings the centennial of author and illustrator Robert McCloskey, the visionary behind such children’s classics as Lentil and Make Way For Ducklings. Celebrating the man and his work, Heritage Hall, Lane Libraries, the Michael J. Colligan History Project, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Hamilton schools and Hamilton Community Foundation will be offering public events, reading programs and activities honoring McCloskey, a winner of two Caldecott Medals for children’s literature, born in Hamilton on September 15, 1914.
Click here for Robert McCloskey Centennial brochure.
The Michael J. Colligan History Project returns after a long winter break and we proudly present our Spring 2014 season of events (even if we can’t promise spring weather!).
Our theme is The Presence of the Past, reflecting an eclectic mix of historical perspectives. Join us for exciting programs on Lincoln’s Gettysburg address and the legacy of armed struggle to control the Ohio Valley frontier. Participate as musical performers render our national anthem, and hear how The Star Spangled Banner was written 200 years ago. Hear a leading historian of children’s literature explore the legacy of Hamiltonian Robert McCloskey, author of Make Way for Ducklings and Lentil. Discover our region’s history as Shaun Higgins interviews former City Manager Jack Kirsch. Celebrate as we give the Jim Blount History Educator Award to distinguished local teachers.
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