Announcing our Spring 2015 Schedule of Events

d8e0ea85-2589-4e4e-b12f-1c17285d280bThis fall, the Michael J. Colligan History Project enters new territory with Public Enemies: Hamilton’s “Little Chicago” Era & Its Consequences, exploring the underworld of John Dillinger and his contemporaries from a time when Hamilton was legendary for its vice and criminality.

We begin with hometown Hamilton between the World Wars. Miami University Hamilton’s own Susan Spellman explores “Business & Ordinary Life in the 1920s and 1930s,” drawing on research from her forthcoming book on business history. Renowned local reporter and crime historian Richard O Jones introduces three classic film noirs in our series “Hollywood Hoods.” Loyola University’s Elliott Gorn puts legendary outlaw John Dillinger on the map of depression-era America, while Jeremy Meier returns to the Colligan, bringing Dillinger to life on stage. Finally, Hamilton’s official historian Jim Blount considers the Little Chicago mystique and the history behind it. (Click below for schedule).

SPRING 2015 SCHEDULE

We look forward to seeing you all soon. In the meantime, enjoy a very happy holidays!

Matthew Smith,

Assistant Director, Michael J. Colligan History Project

Seasons Greetings!

“Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.” Calvin Coolidge (1927).

Dear Folks:

As we look forward to another year, all of us at the Michael J. Colligan History Project thank you, our audiences, friends, and supporters and wish you a very happy holiday season. We look forward to welcoming you all again in the New Year!

Following this fall’s exploration of “Ohio and the Civil War,” we look forward to bringing you our spring 2015 program of events, entitled “Public Enemies: Hamilton’s ‘Little Chicago Era & its Consequences.” This promises to be a popular topic, with local historical interest mixed in with an overview of the dark exploits of John Dillinger and other notorious outlaws and gangsters. Stay posted for our forthcoming schedule later this week!

Meanwhile, please enjoy the following pictures from our recent event, courtesy of our man with the camera, videographer Craig Rouse.

Kelli Johnson speaks at our opening fall event 9.16.14

Kelli Johnson speaks at our opening fall event 9.16.14

Morgan's Raid Panel (l-r):  David L. Mowery, Jim Blount, G. Michael Pratt, Lester Horwitz. 10.7.14.

Morgan’s Raid Panel (l-r): David L. Mowery, Jim Blount, G. Michael Pratt, Lester Horwitz. 10.7.14.

James M. McPherson receives John E. Dolibois History Prize. 10.29.14.

James M. McPherson receives John E. Dolibois History Prize. 10.29.14.

John E. Dolibois History Prize platform (l-r): G. Michael Pratt, James M. Mcpherson, Mike Dingledein, Curtis Ellison. 10.29.14.

John E. Dolibois History Prize platform (l-r): G. Michael Pratt, James M. Mcpherson, Mike Dingledein, Curtis Ellison. 10.29.14.

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason perform (Rick Good on banjo). 11.13.14.

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason perform (Rick Good on banjo). 11.13.14.

Ungar & Mason on stage. 11.13.14.

Ungar & Mason on stage. 11.13.14.