Coming Soon: Jim Blount

The Colligan is delighted to welcome back renowned Hamiltonian and local historian par excellence Jim Blount, whose forthcoming talk at 7.30 pm on Wednesday December 7 is entitled “Turning Points in Hamilton’s Industrial Heritage.” The event, at the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center is co-sponsored by our friends at Butler County Historical Society and Heritage Hall. Come early to view the exhibit “Millstones & Milestones: 19th Century Hamilton Industries” in the atrium, curated by Heritage Hall.

Remembering our Veterans

As part of the Veteran’s Day 2011 commemorations, gatherings were held throughout Miami’s regional campuses, including the dedication of a new Veteran’s Memorial at Miami Hamilton.

A summary can be found here:

As part of our commemorations, Miami’s Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester hosted members of the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars from Liberty and West Chester Townships.  Following a commemoration ceremony, veterans were photographed and videotaped as an inaugural part of a new digital archive project, co-sponsored by the West Chester Public Library, and the historical societies of both Liberty and West Chester townships.

Images can be viewed here:

A Veteran’s Day salute to all our men and women in the services, past and present, living and deceased!


Our new blog is up and running, so stay posted for regular updates and news concerning the Michael J. Colligan Project and other historical items of local and national interest.  For those who missed out on previous events (or who just want to see them again) we’ve added a new video archive of our recent lectures.

This fall, the Colligan Program kicked off with a talk by literary scholar David S. Reynolds (City University of New York ) on his acclaimed new book Mightier Than the Sword: Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Battle for America.  William G. Thomas (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) also spoke on The Civil War, Railroads, and Making Modern America, a talk highlighting the double-edged role of rail development as both a weapon of emancipation during the Civil War and as a technology of enslavement in the antebellum South.  Most recently, Merritt Roe Smith (MIT) presented on The Civil War as a Technological Event: An Alternative View, focusing on the pre-twentieth-century roots of mass production in the US armaments industry.

The Reynolds and Thomas talks are now online.  We hope you enjoy!