Milligan Library Life

by the staff of P.H. Welshimer Memorial Library & Seminary Library

Milligan Libraries hosts A Familiar Wilderness book release party

“On a warm and humid day in June 2012, I decided to meet Daniel Boone.”

On Thursday, April 4, Milligan Libraries hosted a release party at the Welshimer Library for professor Jim Dahlman’s recently published book, A Familiar Wilderness: Searching for Home on Daniel Boone’s Road. In this memoir of sorts, Dahlman records his explorations while hiking Daniel Boone’s Wilderness Road and encounters with the people he met along the way who inhabit the southern Appalachian region.

Dahlman is professor of communications and humanities and faculty adviser to The Stampede student newspaper. At the conclusion of the current academic year he marks 20 years of teaching at Milligan College. The idea for the book grew out a manuscript assignment in his Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction (2014) at Goucher College, Maryland.

At the book release party, Dahlman gave a reading from the book, discussed his travels, answered some questions, and signed copies for attendees. Refreshments were provided by the library and the Milligan College Bookstore provided copies of the book for sale.

For more information on other signings and events related to A Familiar Wilderness, be sure to follow the book’s Facebook page!



New Books and Media Received (March 2019)

The following Books and DVDs (119 items) were received into the Library collection for both the Welshimer and Seminary Libraries through the Acquisitions Budget and by donation during March 2019.

Seminary Library

New Testament Seminar
Basics of biblical Greek grammar, 2019.

Exalted above the heavens: the risen and ascended Christ, 2018.

Jesus the priest, 2018.

The New Testament: a facsimile of the 1526 edition, 2008.

A perfect priest: studies in the Letter to the Hebrews, 2018.

Raymond E. Brown and the Catholic biblical renewal, 2018.

Reading Biblical Greek: a grammar for students, 2017.

Sharing possessions: what faith demands, 2011.

A syntax of Septuagint Greek, 2016.

Slavery’s long shadow: race and reconciliation in American Christianity, 2019.

Walking in the prophetic tradition: models of speaking truth and acting in love for everyday people, 2018.

Language and Literature
Learn to read New Testament Greek, 2009.

Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
And God spoke to Abraham: preaching from the Old Testament, 2011.

Arabic Christian theology: a contemporary global evangelical perspective, 2019.

Augustine our contemporary: examining the self in past and present, 2018.

Can I get a witness?: thirteen peacemakers, community builders, and agitators for faith and justice, 2019.

Christianity at the crossroads: how the second century shaped the future of the church, 2018.

The cross & the prodigal: Luke 15 through the eyes of Middle Eastern peasants, 2005.

Encountering the living God in Scripture: theological and philosophical principles for interpretation, 2019.

The gospel of Luke, 2018.

A greening of imaginations: walking the songlines of Holy Scripture, 2019.

Healing the wounds of sexual abuse: reading the Bible with survivors, 2019.

Isaac of Nineveh (Isaac the Syrian), ‘the second part’, chapters IV-XLI, 1995.

Kantian reason and Hegelian spirit: the idealistic logic of modern theology, 2015.

The kingdom of God: a biblical theology, 2019.

Light on the mountain: Greek Patristic and Byzantine homilies on the Transfiguration of the Lord, 2013.

Living in the kingdom of God: a biblical theology for the life of the church, 2018.

The marks of Scripture: rethinking the nature of the Bible, 2019.

Mary of Magdala: revisiting the sources, 2019.

Navigating toward adulthood: a theology of ministry with adolescents, 2018.

The providence of God: a polyphonic approach, 2018.

Studying the parables of Jesus, 1999.

Welshimer Library

A familiar wilderness: searching for home on Daniel Boone’s road, 2019. 

Troublemakers: lessons in freedom from young children at school, 2017.

Fine Arts
The art of the Saint John’s Bible: a reader’s guide to Historical Books, Letters and Revelation, 2012.

Equal under the sky: Georgia O’Keeffe and twentieth-century feminism, 2019.

A new history of Italian Renaissance art, 2017. 

18th-century fashion in detail, 2018.

Fieldworking: reading and writing research, 2012.

Monastery guest houses of North America: a visitor’s guide, 2010.

Blessings from Beijing: inside China’s soft-power war on Tibet, 2018.

Empire in retreat: the past, present, and future of the United States, 2018.

Istanbul: a tale of three cities, 2017.

Why learn history (when it’s already on your phone), 2018.

Language and Literature
Anthology of Chinese literature v. 2, 1972.

The book of the city of ladies and other writings, 2018.

Herspace: women, writing, and solitude, 2003.

The second creation: fixing the American Constitution in the founding era, 2018.

100 greatest film scores, 2018.

Engaging musical practices: a sourcebook for elementary general music, 2018.

Experiencing the violin concerto: a listener’s companion, 2016.

Nationalist and populist composers: voices of the American people, 2018.

Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
Everything must change: when the world’s biggest problems and Jesus’ good news collide, 2007.

Girl soldier: a story of hope for northern Uganda’s children, 2007.

Soil and sacrament: a spiritual memoir of food and faith, 2013.

Soul space: creating places and lives that make a difference, 2019.

White awake: an honest look at what it means to be white, 2017.

Zhuangzi and the becoming of nothingness, 2019. 

Political Science
The embattled vote in America: from the founding to the present, 2018.

The woman’s hour: the great fight to win the vote, 2019.

Social Sciences
History teaches us to resist: how progressive movements have succeeded in challenging times, 2018.

A world to win: the life and works of Karl Marx, 2018.

Cradle to cradle: remaking the way we make things, 2002.

The upcycle, 2013.

Adventures in Zambezia, 2013.

Behind the scenes at the Walt Disney Studio: a glimpse behind the studio magic, 2002.

Kirikou and the savage beast, 2008.

The pirates!: band of misfits, 2012.

Rabbi’s cat, 2013.

The Triplets of Belleville, 2004.

Waltz with Bashir, 2009.

Wrinkles, 2014. 


The book of Boy, 2018. 2019 Newbery Honor Book
Fox the tiger, 2018. 2019 Geisel Medal Winner
King & Kayla and the case of the lost tooth, 2018. 2019 Geisel Honor Book
Merci Suárez changes gears, 2018. 2019 Newbery Medal Winner
The rough patch, 2018. 2019 Caldecott Honor Book
Thank you, Omu!, 2018. 2019 Caldecott Honor Book

Donated Gift Items to the Milligan Libraries
The American magic: codes, ciphers, and the defeat of Japan.

At dawn we slept: the untold story of Pearl Harbor.

The book of God: the Bible as a novel.

The book of the samurai, the warrior class of Japan.

Cavalier in buckskin: George Armstrong Custer and the western military frontier.

Combined fleet decoded: the secret history of American intelligence and the Japanese Navy in World War II.

The Custer reader.

Custer’s 7th Cavalry: from Fort Riley to the Little Big Horn.

Dec. 7, 1941: the day the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor.

The discovery of the Titanic.

Double-edged secrets: U.S. naval intelligence operations in the Pacific during World War II.

The emperor’s codes: the breaking of Japan’s secret ciphers.

The Enigma war.

A familiar wilderness: searching for home on Daniel Boone’s road.

A glorious way to die: the kamikaze mission of the battleship Yamato, April 1945.

God’s name is a tower. [Archives]

God’s name is a tower.

Leave it to Beaver. The complete first season. [DVD]

Marching orders: the untold story of World War II.

Miracle at Midway.

The physics of Star trek.

Pictorial review of world war two; a pictorial summary of the war to date; plus descriptive pictures and stories about our Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast guard; pictures of our fleet and airplanes; a dictionary of war terms; a key to the pronunciation of names in the news; and colored maps of the war zones.

Praying the names of God: 200 devotional prayers inspired by the wonderful names of our … wonderful lord. [Archives]

Praying the names of God: 200 devotional prayers inspired by the wonderful names of our … wonderful lord.

Retribution: the battle for Japan, 1944-45.

The Romanovs: the final chapter.

Rooted: understanding the purpose and power of God’s word. [Archives]

Rooted: understanding the purpose and power of God’s word.

The Second World War.

The secret war: the inside story of the code makers and code breakers of World War II.

So sad to fall in battle: an account of war: based on General Tadamichi Kurayashi’s letters from Iwo Jima.

Star Fleet medical reference manual.

A terrible glory: Custer and the Little Bighorn– the last great battle of the American West.

Titanic: an illustrated history.

Titanic: the story of the great White Star Line trio ; the Olympic, the Titanic and the Britannic.

Titanic: the truth behind the disaster.

Titanic voices: memories from the fateful voyage.

A trial of generals: Homma, Yamashita, MacArthur.

Van Gogh: a retrospective.

War in the Pacific: Pearl Harbor to Tokyo Bay.

With Custer on the Little Bighorn: a newly discovered first-person account.

Archives Intern mounts exhibit on the history of Wonderful Wednesday

Written by Larrun Maynor (’19) and Katherine Banks

A new exhibit has been installed in the Welshimer Library with items from the Holloway Archives. Larrun Maynor, Class of 2019, has curated the exhibit as part of her archives internship with the Holloway Archives.

Larrun Maynor (’19) with the exhibit.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of Wonderful Wednesday. Wonderful Wednesday is a day that most, if not all, Milligan students look forward to in their spring semester. It’s a day shrouded in mystery, however, since only a handful of people know the actual date it will take place and these are sworn to secrecy. This annual tradition began on April 30, 1969. President Jess Johnson made a declaration on the Seeger Chapel steps that there would be no classes for the day and that students instead could “hearken to the opportunities for food, fun, and fellowship.” Activities in the early years included discussion panels, picnics, softball games, and folk dancing. In the later years, activities such as races up and down Sutton Hill, Jell-O wrestling, and tug-of-war over the creek became popular. One tradition that has remained a crowd favorite is the waterslide. The exhibit highlights many of these activities through photos, yearbooks, and other documents.

1984 Wonderful Wednesday activities

When asked about her experience while doing research, Larrun replied, “I truly enjoyed searching through the archives to find the different images and documents that are being displayed in this exhibit. There were so many fun pictures to choose from, especially in the yearbooks.”

Katherine (Katie) Banks, the college archivist and internship supervisor, says, “I hope that Milligan students and faculty alike will drop by to see the history of this surprise holiday. Larrun has picked out some great items to show the day’s history. Visitors might be surprised to see how much the holiday has changed since 1969!”

You can also view parts of the exhibit online through MCStor, Milligan College’s digital repository.

Milligan’s Archive Internship opportunity

Each fall semester, students are invited to apply for one volunteer Archive Internship opportunity at The Holloway Archives at Milligan College. The internship begins the following spring semester. All majors are welcome to apply. Please stay tuned for announcements coming this fall.

Have a Milligan history question? Contact the archivist here.
Find out more about Milligan’s archives here.
Find us on Twitter at #MilliganArchives

New Books and Media Received (February 2019)

The following Books and DVDs (137 items) were received into the Library collection for both the Welshimer and Seminary Libraries through the Acquisitions Budget and by donation during February 2019.

Seminary Library

Archaeology and history of eighth-century Judah, 2018.

The color of compromise: the truth about the American church’s complicity in racism, 2019.

Slavery’s long shadow: race and reconciliation in American Christianity, 2019.

Language and Literature
Meaning-based translation: a guide to cross-language equivalence, 1998.

Using and enjoying biblical Greek: reading the New Testament with fluency and devotion, 2015.

Zondervan 2019 minister’s tax and financial guide: for 2018 tax returns, 2019.

A glad obedience: why and what we sing, 2019. 

Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
Augustinian and ecclesial Christian ethics: on loving enemies, 2018.

Between two trees: our transformation from death to life, 2019.

Biblical interpretation and method: essays in honour of John Barton, 2013.

The Christian doctrine of humanity: explorations in constructive dogmatics, 2018.

Contemporary theology: an introduction: classical, evangelical, philosophical, and global perspectives, 2019.

Enfleshing theology: embodiment, discipleship, and politics in the work of M. Shawn Copeland, 2018.

The genesis of good and evil: the fall(out) and original sin in the Bible, 2018.

Introducing Jesus: a short guide to the Gospels’ history and message, 2018.

Jesus–the end and the beginning: tracing the Christ-shaped nature of everything, 2019.

Justification [two volumes], by Michael Scott Horton, 2018.

Lewis on the Christian life: becoming truly human in the presence of God, 2018.

Liturgy on the edge: pastoral and attractional worship, 2018.

Loving the poor, saving the rich: wealth, poverty, and early Christian formation, 2012.

The New Testament: a translation, by David Bentley Hart, 2017.

The New Testament in Byzantium, 2016.

Organizational leadership: foundations & practices for Christians, 2014.

The Orthodox reality: culture, theology, and ethics in the modern world, 2018.

The Syriac versions of the de spiritu sancto, by Basil, David G. K. Taylor, 1999.

A war of loves: the unexpected story of a gay activist discovering Jesus, 2018.

The Hebrew Bible: a translation with commentary, by Robert Alter, 2019.

The Syriac world, 2019. 

Office Reference
The SBL handbook of style, 2014.

Welshimer Library

Bibliography, Library Science, and Information Resources
The art of graphic design, 2018.

Fine Arts
Serious play: design in midcentury America, 2018.

Ages of discord: a structural-demographic analysis of American history, 2016.

Educated: a memoir, 2018.

The heartbeat of Wounded Knee: native America from 1890 to the present, 2019.

I’m still here: black dignity in a world made for whiteness, 2018.

Nomad: from Islam to America–a personal journey through the clash of civilizations, 2011.

On the other side of freedom: the case for hope, 2018.

Republic in peril: American empire and the liberal tradition, 2018.

Slavery in the North: forgetting history and recovering memory, 2018.

We were eight years in power: an American tragedy, 2017.

When they call you a terrorist: a Black Lives Matter memoir, 2018.

White rage: the unspoken truth of our racial divide, 2016.

Language and Literature
Born a crime: stories from a South African childhood, 2019.

Men we reaped: a memoir, 2014.

Rules for the dance: a handbook for writing and reading metrical verse, 1998.

The lynching: the epic courtroom battle that brought down the Klan, 2016.

The body keeps the score: brain, mind, and body in the healing of trauma, 2015.

Good to go: what the athlete in all of us can learn from the strange science of recovery, 2019.

Horticultural therapy methods: connecting people and plants in health care, human services, and therapeutic programs, 2017.

Shinrin-yoku: the Japanese art of forest bathing, 2018.

Philosophy, Psychology, Religion
Chance and the sovereignty of God: a God-centered approach to probability and random events, 2014.

Globalization, spirituality, and justice: navigating the path to peace, 2015.

Heaven is empty: a cross-cultural approach to “religion” and empire in ancient China, 2018.

Love, Inc.: dating apps, the big white wedding, and chasing the happily neverafter, 2019.

Love undocumented: risking trust in a fearful world, 2018.

The nature principle: human restoration and the end of nature-deficit disorder, 2011.

Planted: a story of creation, community, and calling, 2013.

Resisting structural evil: love as ecological and economic vocation, 2013.

The road back to you: an Enneagram journey to self-discovery, 2016.

Roadmap to reconciliation: moving communities into unity, wholeness, and justice, 2015.

Seeking refuge: on the shores of the global refugee crisis, 2016.

Tattoos on the heart: the power of boundless compassion, 2010.

Tell me how it ends: an essay in forty questions, 2017.

Understanding scientific theories of origins: cosmology, geology, and biology in Christian perspective, 2018.

Political Science
Freedom is a constant struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the foundations of a movement, 2016.

Social Sciences
… And forgive them their debts: lending, foreclosure and redemption from Bronze Age finance to the Jubilee Year, 2018.

Banker to the poor: micro-lending and the battle against world poverty, 1999.

The blood of Emmett Till, 2017.

Creative confidence: unleashing the creative potential within us all, 2013.

The culture map: breaking through the invisible boundaries of global business, 2014.

Dare to lead: brave work, tough conversations, whole hearts, 2018.

Happy singlehood: the rising acceptance and celebration of solo living, 2019.

The idealist: Jeffrey Sachs and the quest to end poverty, 2014.

Junctures in women’s leadership: the arts, 2018.

Preemptive Love: pursuing peace one heart at a time, 2014.

Terrify No More Young Girls Held Captive and the Daring Undercover Operation to Win Their Freedom, 2010.

Audel mechanical trades pocket manual, 2004.

Audel welding pocket reference, 2007.

Basic machines and how they work, 1971.

The adventures of Gumby: the 60s series. Volume 1, 2016.

The adventures of Gumby: the 60s series. Volume 2, 2016.

Anastasia, 2010.

Arrested development. The complete seasons 1-4, 2014.

Batman, the animated series. Volume 3, 2005.

Batman: the animated series. Volume 1, 2018.

Batman: the animated series. Volume 2, 2018.

Batman: the animated series. Volume 4, 2018.

Davey and Goliath. Complete Collection, 2010.

Doctor Who. The complete eleventh series, 2019.

The Gumby show. The complete 50s series, 2015.

He-man and the Masters of the Universe, Season one, 10 episodes, 2011.

The LEGO movie, 2014.

Sailor Moon. Season 1, part 1, 2014.

Sailor moon. Season 1, part 2, 2014.

The Secret of NIMH, 1998.

The Terminator, 2001.

Terminator 2: judgment day, 2003.

Tom and Jerry: the Gene Deitch collection, 2015.

VeggieTales. All the shows. Volume one 1993-1999: all the silliness, all the lessons, all the love, 2015.

VeggieTales. All the shows. Volume three 2005-2010: all the silliness, all the lessons, all the love, 2015.

VeggieTales. All the shows. Volume two 2000-2005: all the silliness, all the lessons, all the love, 2015. 

Children’s Bible easy-to-read version, 2012.

File under: 13 suspicious incidents, 2014.

Growing in God’s love: a story Bible, 2018.

In the beginning: illustrated stories from the Old Testament, 2017.

The Jesse tree, 2005.

Jesus, by Grün Anselm, Giuliano Ferri, and Laura Watkinson, 2014.

Manger, by Helen Cann and Lee Bennett Hopkins, 2014.

Mary’s song, by Lee Bennett Hopkins and Stephen Alcorn, 2012.

Our Father, by Barbara Nascimbeni and Rainer Oberthür 2016.

Parables of Jesus, by Marie Aubinais, 2018.

Paul writes (a letter), 2018.

The watcher, 2017.

Juvenile Honor and Awards Books

A big mooncake for Little Star, 2018. 2019 Caldecott Honor Book


See Pip flap, 2018. 2019 Geisel Honor Book


The Hebrew Bible: a translation with commentary, by Robert Alter, 2019.

Donated Gift Items to the Milligan Libraries
20th century journey: a memoir of a life and the times.

Africanity: the cultural unity of Black Africa.

Ancient China: Chinese civilization from the origins to the Tang Dynasty.

Anthology of Chinese literature.

Christ in Melanesia: exploring theological issues.

Confucian analects, The great learning, and the doctrine of the mean.

Dimensions of the Holocaust: lectures at Northwestern University.

A Guide for translators and revisers of the Holy Scriptures: a statement of principles.

Guidelines for barefoot language learning: an approach through involvement and independence.

The kings of Buganda.

Language by ear and by eye; the relationships between speech and reading.

The last 100 days.

A manual of literacy for preliterate peoples.

New Testament illustrations for use in Bible Society publications, series 2.

New Testament illustrations for use in Bible Society publications.

Old Testament illustrations for use in Bible Society publications.

Preparing the manuscript: a manual for translators.

A selection of African prose.

The Southern Highlands: Papua New Guinea.

Vietnam, a history.

Weights, money, measures and time.

Helsabeck Archives Receives North American Christian Convention Archives

Milligan Libraries is excited to announce that the Helsabeck Archives of the Stone-Campbell Movement recently received the North American Christian Convention archives. The large collection of over 100 boxes contains material spanning the history of the convention. Included are photos, audio and visual material, and papers documenting the 90 year plus history of the independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ’s annual convention.

“When the NACC (North American Christian Convention) contacted us about donating their archives, I was thrilled,” Katherine Banks, Information Resources Librarian & College Archivist, says. “Because the Helsabeck Archives is focusing on collecting the history of the Christian Churches/Churches of Christ branch of the Stone-Campbell Movement and the Convention is such a pivotal part of that branch’s history, I knew it would make a wonderful centerpiece collection for the archives.”

Letterhead from the NACC Executive Director Records collection

First held in 1927, the North American Christian Convention was a gathering of the independent Christian Churches/Churches of Christ (“4 C’s”). As such, it was not a denominational meeting, but a meeting highlighted by discussions, exhibits, worship services, and preaching. Beginning in 1950, the convention was held annually until 2018, after which it changed its name to Spire. The convention has been held in conjunction with other similar meetings at times, including a long tenure with Bible Bowl, a youth Bible quiz competition.

“This collection is a superb addition to the Helsabeck Archives,” remarks David Kiger, Theological Librarian and Assistant Director of Library Services. “Our goal with the Helsabeck Archives is to be a vital research center for Stone-Campbell Movement history. Because of Milligan and Emmanuel’s long-standing connection with the convention, the NACC archives is one giant step in that direction.” Former Theological Librarian John Mark Wade donated the shelving necessary to house this unique collection in the Helsabeck Archives.

Newsletter title from the NACC Executive Director Records collection

The first collection made available for research from the larger NACC archives collection is the Executive Director Office’s records. “This has been a fascinating part of the larger collection to work on,” says Banks, who prepared this collection for research. “For anyone wanting to know the work and planning that went into preparing for and debriefing from the convention every year, this will be a valuable resource.” A finding aid (detailed record of the collection, including a list of the contents) can be found on MCStor, Milligan Libraries’ institutional repository. Other parts of the larger archives will be opened for research as they are processed.

We are grateful to the North American Christian Convention for choosing the Helsabeck Archives and Milligan Libraries to preserve their history!

The Helsabeck Archives of the Stone-Campbell Movement, located in the Seminary Library branch of Milligan Libraries, is open by appointment 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, Monday through Friday.