About us


The Michael J. Colligan History Project is a joint undertaking of the Colligan Fund Committee of the Hamilton Community Foundation and the Hamilton Campus of Miami University made possible by the generous bequest of Michael J. Colligan, a prominent local businessman and amateur historian.

Now in its seventeenth year, the Colligan History Project has brought over 170 speakers to Hamilton, sponsored programs with schools and public libraries, and given awards for achievements in history.  We welcome partnerships with institutions and groups serving the Hamilton community who are interested in historical perspectives. Since 2002 we have presented the John E. Dolibois History Prize to twelve distinguished historians for substantial and sustained efforts to promote historical understanding in the community and nation.  The Jim Blount History Educator Award is given to teachers who exemplify the outstanding commitment to history and education epitomized in Mr. Blount’s life and career.  In accord with Mr. Colligan’s interests, we also offer programs regularly that relate to military history.


The Michael J. Colligan History Project is located in 532 Mosler Hall on the campus of Miami University Hamilton, Hamilton, Ohio 45011.  The director is Curtis W. Ellison, Professor of History & American Studies, 513.785.3230.  The assistant director is Matthew Smith, Assistant Professor of History, 513.785.3200.  The Colligan History Project Program assistant is Sheila Williams, 513.785.3277, willi648@miamioh.edu.

Questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome.

2 thoughts on “About us

  1. I am happy to see that this is something that will be celebrated or rather remembered. I homeschool and had planned to do the 1913 flood study with my son to commemorate the 100 anniversary. I am hoping that we will be able to participate in some of the events and collect pamphlets perhaps for his notebook. I’m quite sure that someone has already suggested a memorial to the people who lost their lives in Hamilton during this historic flood, but wanted to mention that would be something special to see. Also, names of the men and women that went out of their way to help or perhaps save lives would be nice too. I’m sure that all plans are probably already made and can’t wait for the upcoming events. Thank you so much!

  2. I was wondering how many people were stranded in the courthouse the day of the flood. I know that my grandfather was stranded there for several days and he was about 19 years old.

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