Remembering Pearl Harbor

Wednesday, December 7 2016, 12-2pm

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton

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The Michael J. Colligan History Project will mark the 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor and honor U.S. veterans of World War II with a unique commemorative event on December 7, 2016.

The event includes a ceremonial commemoration and musical program featuring patriotic and World War Two-era songs. City of Hamilton historian Jim Blount will provide introductory remarks.  An exhibition of World War Two artifacts, military uniforms, and historic posters will be on display, loaned from local collections. Attendees are invited to share World War Two documents and photographs at the event. These can be scanned electronically and will be added to a digital archive on our website.

This collaborative project is supported by the President’s Office of Miami University, Miami University Hamilton, the Miami University Department of Humanities and Creative Arts, and Miami University Regionals Center for Veterans Services.

  • Free public event
  • Reception to follow

Johnny Appleseed’s Westward Journey

William Kerrigan, Cole Distinguished Professor of American History, Muskingum University

Wednesday, November 16 @ 7.30 pm, Parrish Auditorium (note change of venue!)

Johnny_Appleseed_1.jpgThe legend of Johnny Appleseed is based on the life of a real person. Born into a poor Yankee family on the eve of the American Revolution, the young John Chapman headed west in the last years of the 18th century. This talk recovers the life of the “real” Johnny Appleseed, teasing out fact from myth, and revealing the life of an extraordinary individual whose real story is more compelling than the myth that emerged in the years after his death.

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  • Free public event in Partnership with the Smith Library of Regional History to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Lane Libraries.
  • Reception to follow.

History as a Source of Strength

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David McCullough

Congratulations to David McCullough, 2016 Roesel lecturer and winner of this year’s John E. Dolibois History Prize. His presentation, “History as a Source of Strength,” was co-sponsored by the Michael J. Colligan History Project, The Lane Libraries, and the Hamilton Community Foundation. Marking the 150th anniversary of the Lane Libraries, Mr. McCullough reflected on the importance of history, public education, libraries, and learning in shaping American life through the ages.

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Miami University Regionals Dean Cathy Bishop-Clark greets the speaker

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l-r: Joe Greenward (Director, The Lane Libraries); David McCullough; Curtis Ellison (Director, Colligan History Project)

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Meeting the author

Eisenhower in War and Peace

Susan Eisenhower, consultant and author

Wednesday, September 21 @ 7.30 pm

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton

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Susan Eisenhower

Dwight Eisenhower was Supreme Commander of Allied Forces Europe during the greatest war in history. His strategic leadership during this bloody conflict played a singular role in defeating Nazi power. A two-term president from 1953 to 1961, he led the United States and her allies during the dangerous early years of the Cold War. Susan Eisenhower explores the life and times of this world leader.

  • Free public event
  • Reception and book signing to follow

Announcing our Fall 2016 Schedule!

logo 2016The Michael J. Colligan History Project welcomes you to our new season of free public events (poster link below). This fall the Colligan is co-sponsoring two distinguished speakers for the 150th anniversary of the Lane Libraries. Award-winning author David McCullough will accept the 2016 John E. Dolibois History Prize, and speak on History as a Source of Strength (co-sponsored by the Colligan History Project, The Lane Libraries, and the Hamilton Community Foundation). Renowned historian William Kerrigan will explore Johnny Appleseed’s Westward Journey (co-sponsored by the Colligan Project and the Smith Library of Regional History). And opening our fall line-up as part of the American Wars and American Life series, former Dolibois Prize recipient Susan Eisenhower returns Wednesday, September 21 to discuss Eisenhower in War and Peace. We look forward to seeing old faces and new on the Miami Hamilton campus, so spread the word!

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Ohio Chautauqua comes to Hamilton!

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Save the date: Hamilton welcomes the Ohio Chautauqua, a traveling program with hands-on workshops and lectures, living history, and live music in venues throughout the city. Events run from Tuesday June 14-Saturday June 18 at Miami University Hamilton, Pyramid Hill, Butler County Historical Society, Partners in Prime, Miami Hamilton Downtown, and Hamilton Lane Library.

  • See attached program and flyer for details (below).

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