Announcing the Jim Blount History Educator Award Winners, 2012

The Michael J. Colligan History Project will conclude its spring events Wednesday, May 9 at 7:30 p.m. by recognizing recipients of the 2012 Jim Blount History Educator Award in a public ceremony at the Harry T. Wilks Conference Center. This year’s recipients will be Lance Allan Green, Freedom Elementary School; Corbin Moore, Hamilton City Schools; and Holly Templeton, Fairfield Intermediate School.

This award honors Hamilton native Jim Blount, whose career at the Cincinnati Enquirer and Hamilton Journal-News spanned a quarter century. A teacher and writer of history for sixty years, today he lectures widely and writes local history for the Lane Public Libraries. The Blount Award is given biennially to teachers whose inspired work stimulates historical inquiry and understanding, exemplifying the dedication to history education epitomized in Mr. Blount’s life and career. Mr. Blount will present this year’s awards.

Following the presentations, Miami Distinguished Professor of History Andrew Cayton will give the Blount Award Lecture on How the Civil War Remade the United States. He will explore ways that war shaped a modern nation state and a new relationship between liberty and power.  The Heritage Hall exhibit The Butler Boys: Butler County in the Civil War, 1861-1865 will be available for viewing in the Atrium.

A public reception will follow.

Dave Belew on TvHamilton!

This semester, the Michael J. Colligan History Project and Miami University Hamilton Downtown have been excited to partner with the good folks at TvHamilton, presenting What’s Your Story?” Heritage Stories of Hamilton and the Miami Valley. Last night’s event, showcasing the life and varied career of former Hamilton Mayor and civic champion Ann Antenen was another huge success for the series, bringing a full house to MUHD.  The series continues on Monday May 28, 2012 at 7 pm (MUHD) when Paul John Stanbery, Music director of the Hamilton Fairfield Symphony and Chorale, Ohio Mozart Festival, and the Great Miami Youth Symphony discusses his life and work, and the importance of reaching young people with classical music.  This event is co-sponsored by Miami Hamilton Downtown and TvHamilton.

Meanwhile, February’s oral history interview with Dave Belew (above), former president of Beckett Paper, is now airing on TvHamilton.  Dave’s reminiscences of his time at Beckett and the industrial heritage of Hamilton are a genuine trove of our region’s history, and an important addition to our archives.  Watch him again on our website, or on Youtube, courtesy of TvHamilton:

What’s Your Story? Ann Antenen

Ann Antenen

Wednesday, April 25, 7 pm

Miami Hamilton Downtown

What’s Your Story? Heritage Stories of Hamilton & the Miami Valley

Ann Antenen, former President CHAPS (Citizens for Historic and Preservation Services); architect, and mayor, Hamilton, Ohio, shares personal stories about the city and its people, with an emphasis on historical preservation.  Moderated by Shaun Higgins, this oral history session will be recorded by TvHAMILTON before a live audience.

A discussion and reception will follow.  Parking is free after 5 pm.

Hamilton’s Religious Communities & Historic Houses of God

Peter Williams

Distinguished Professor of Comparative Religion & American Studies, Miami University

Tuesday, April 10, 7.30pm

Harry T. Wilks Conference Center, Miami University Hamilton

The diverse religious communities of Hamilton, Ohio, created places of worship that follow a national pattern of religious architecture and reflect in sacred spaces the city’s distinctive religious and cultural history.  They also document the changing religious values of American society.  Reception to follow.