Monday, January 27, 2014

Lecture by Frank Boles, "The Collections of the Clarke Historical Library," January 28, 2014

UPDATE 1-28-2014: Due to the extreme wind chill temperatures, we will be canceling our scheduled lecture today. We are currently working with Frank Boles on rescheduling his lecture, and will repost when a date has been secured.

Please note: Due to the Clements Library's upcoming renovation, the 2014 Lecture series will be held at the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library Gallery, Room 100.

Frank Boles
Director of Central Michigan's Clarke Historical Library
"The Collections of the Clarke Historical Library"

Tuesday, January 28
4:00 p.m.
Hatcher Gallery Room 100

Former Bentley Historical Library archivist and School of Information archival administration instructor Frank Boles will lecture on the special collections at the Clarke Historical Library as well as his experience during the Clarke's 1999 expansion and renovation project.

The Clarke Historical Library holdings focus on:
  • The history of Michigan and the Old Northwest Territory
  • Published works that shaped the minds of young children, including both educational texts and children's fiction
  • The history of Central Michigan University
For more information please visit Clarke Historical Library.

All lectures are free and open to the public, but registration is requested. Please email or phone 734-647-0864.

Monday, January 6, 2014

From the Stacks: The Great Snow Storm

The Great Snow Storm of Jan. 1857. Philadelphia: L.L. Magee, ca. 1857. 
This satirical print from the Graphics Division depicts a city street buried in snow, with residents using various methods to dig themselves out. A man stuck in a carriage says, "Help me first, I'm to be married at four o'clock & I would'nt disapoint the company for the wourld." Another man climbing a ladder exclaims, "I must go to the office! I've got a Heavy Draft to meet." An ice seller advises the ice cream shop owner, "Better lay in yer Ice til next Season."

The historical event referred to in this print is the great blizzard recorded in January 16-18, 1857. The Pennsylvania Weather Book describes 18 to 24 inches of snow in Philadelphia during the Great Cold Storm, with drifts from 6 to 12 feet. According to the National Weather Service page on historic winter storms in the Mid-Atlantic, the Chesapeake Bay froze solid and at Cape Henry it was possible to walk on the frozen ocean 100 yards from the lighthouse.