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.
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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.

Holloway Archives Mounts New Archives Exhibit for Fall 2018

The Holloway Archives has installed a new exhibit for Fall 2018. “We Must Rebuild”: Milligan College’s Fire of 1918 focuses on the Milligan of one hundred years ago and the devastating fire that changed the college. “When I realized that it was exactly one hundred years since this pivotal event in Milligan’s history, I thought it would make a interesting exhibit,” says archivist Katie Banks. “While researching for the exhibit, I found some really fascinating items.”

The exhibit displays what Milligan College was like a hundred years ago. Henry J. Derthick had been president for about a year, and the campus was almost unrecognizable from what it is today. The Great War had also affected the school, including the introduction of the Student Army Training Corps, a program to train men to be officers while living on campus and attending the host institution. Just days after the war ended, the Administration Building–the main college building–burned, leaving students homeless and the college without its records, teaching materials, library, and classrooms. But through the perseverance and hard work of President Derthick, the college recovered and flourished with new buildings and improvements, including a new Administration Building–renamed years later as Derthick Hall.

The old Administration Building after the fire, circa 1918

This story is told through items such as photos, letters, and student publications. One item is a letter from Herbert Hoover, dated October 21, 1918, at the time representing the United States Food Administration, asking the college to help in a food conservation program. Another interesting item is a brick recovered during more recent Derthick Hall renovations believed to be from the old Administration Building that burned. The most sentimental item in the exhibit is a letter from President Derthick to Josephus Hopwood expressing his thoughts about the fire. “Milligan has been the object of your love for so long a time that I know you are deeply moved over the loss. We must rebuild and in a very large way. Your child must accomplish even greater things in the future than she has in the past.” [Derthick to Hopwood, 1918 November 19, Hopwood Correspondence, The Holloway Archives at Milligan College, Milligan College, TN] These lines reveal Derthick’s ambition to keep the college going and even strengthen it, which he ultimately would do.

Detail of the exhibit showing a brick believed to be from the old Administration Building.

Be sure to come check out this exhibit on the first floor of the Welshimer Library! Library hours are Monday-Thursday 7:45 AM-Midnight, Friday 7:45 AM-5:00 PM, Saturday 11:00 AM-5:00 PM, and Sunday 2:00 PM-Midnight. You can also view other portions of the exhibit in MCStor, Milligan College’s institutional repository.

If you would like to know more about Milligan’s history, set up an appointment with archivist Katie Banks to visit The Holloway Archives!

Archives Intern mounts exhibit on the Stone-Campbell Movement

Kristen Williams, Class of ’18, completed the Holloway Archives Internship at Milligan College this past Spring semester. One of the highlights of Kristen’s internship was curating and installing the “Legacy of Christian Unity: The Stone-Campbell Movement” archive exhibit at P. H. Welshimer Memorial Library. Starting in January, Kristen began researching primary resources of prominent Stone-Campbell figures in the Holloway Archives collections. With the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference being hosted at Milligan in April 2018, Kristen prepared to curate an exhibit to showcase Milligan’s connection with the Stone-Campbell Movement.

When asked about her research, Kristen replied, “I didn’t have any real knowledge about the Stone-Campbell Movement. Learning about the Stone-Campbell Movement and seeing it reflected by prominent people at Milligan was really interesting. Taking the time to research and learn about the movement has helped me better understand what it’s all about and see the impact it has had on Milligan College.”

How does one select from so many historical items for an exhibit? “When I was deciding on which items to place in the exhibit, I looked for books, pictures, and scholarly papers. I found interesting papers that dealt with the theme of Christian unity, which made it really easy to make the connections between the different items.”

“I displayed the exhibit in chronological order. I started with an excerpt from Beside the Waters of the Buffalo: A History of Milligan College to 1941 by Cynthia Ann Cornwell. The excerpt showcased how the division of one church led to the creation of a new church that would later become Hopwood Memorial Church and later a part of Milligan College. I then focused on major figures related to Milligan College: Robert Milligan, Frederick D. Kershner, P.H. Welshimer, B.D. Phillips, Mildred Welshimer Phillips, and Henry Webb.”

When asked to reflect on her internship experience, Kristen shared, “The archives internship has been so fun and interesting! I have enjoyed researching and being in the Archives. I loved finding pieces like Mildred Welshimer Phillips’ badge from the 1950 International Convention of Disciples of Christ. This little badge was tucked away in her folder. It was also really neat to have the exhibit be a part of the Stone-Campbell Journal Conference that was hosted here at Milligan.”

Kristen Williams graduates from Milligan in May with a Bachelor of Arts in English, with a minors in Multimedia Journalism and Women’s and Gender Study. Kristen received the Get Real Ministries “Love God. Love People” Scholarship and was the recipient of Milligan Women’s Soccer Scholarship. Kristen actively served as Assistant Editor for The Stampede, Milligan’s student newspaper. Kristen will attend graduate school in East Tennessee State University’s library science program starting this fall.

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 library@milligan.edu.
Find out more about Milligan’s archives here.
Find us on Twitter at #MilliganArchives

 

 

A Farewell and an Introduction at Milligan Libraries

“We lost out to love. Though I can’t think of a better reason to lose, right?” So mused Milligan Libraries Director Gary Daught when he learned that Information Resources Librarian & College Archivist Lindsay Kenderes would be resigning her position at the end of May to join her fiancé in Austin, Texas. “You work really hard to build a great team of librarians, and you want to keep the team together indefinitely, especially when everyone is working together so well. Still, you have to be prepared for changes as folks continue to grow in their personal and professional lives. We will miss Lindsay, of course. But otherwise it’s all good.”

As it happens, “it’s all good” extends to the person we were able to get to fill Lindsay’s position. “Search processes can be very stressful. They take a lot of time, energy, and expense,” notes Daught. “But we were very blessed to have found a local librarian ideal for the position — 2015 Milligan alumna, Katherine ‘Katie’ (Siebenaler) Banks.” Katie has been shadowing Lindsay as a volunteer intern since mid-March, so by the time she assumes the position full-time on June 1 she will be thoroughly familiar with her duties. “This has been the most wonderfully smooth search process I could have ever possibly imagined!”

Gary Daught asked Lindsay to share some of her highlight moments as Information Resources Librarian & College Archivist since coming to Milligan College in 2014. He then asked Katie Banks to share what she is most looking forward to as she prepares to step into the position.

Farewell Lindsay

One of the aspects that I am going to miss most about Milligan College are the people. While working as Information Resources Librarian & College Archivist I have been allowed to collaborate with our library staff, students, faculty, administration, staff, alumni, and the public to the degree I never thought possible in just four years. I am so appreciative of Gary Daught’s direction and mission for the Milligan Libraries, which has allowed me to learn, thrive, and serve in a user-focused academic library environment. I have had the opportunity to collaborate on projects with all of our library staff, including especially:

MCStor, Milligan’s Digital Repository
Starting in 2012, Gary Daught and Meredith Sommers pursued establishing an institutional repository at Milligan College. I entered this project in 2014 and worked collaboratively with David Baker and Gary Daught to implement MCStor, Milligan’s digital repository, which went live in July 2015. MCStor provides digital access to student and faculty scholarly work as well as digitized archive materials, including photographs, manuscripts, and audio recordings. I am extremely proud of this initiative. To date, we have been able to archive over 100 undergraduate and graduate scholarly work submissions, with close to 3,000 digital archive images digitized from the Holloway Archives at Milligan College. I am also extremely grateful for Amanda Bristol and Milligan’s Information Technology Department for hosting MCStor server space and for supporting this mission.

Milligan’s Sesquicentennial 150th Anniversary
One of my major capstones was serving on the History and Research subcommittee while managing digitization projects, researching a high volume of archive reference requests, and curating physical and digital archive exhibits for Milligan’s 150th Sesquicentennial Anniversary in 2016. This event and my involvement proved to be great for promoting the Holloway Archives and Helsabeck Archives. I am extremely grateful that I could serve Milligan College during its 150th anniversary.

Primary Sources Instruction
Collaborating with Mary Jackson and Milligan faculty, Mary and I led instruction on primary sources from the Holloway Archives at Milligan College for the COMM 431 Narrative Journalism and HUMN 250 Interdisciplinary Research Methods courses. Mary is a stellar instruction librarian. I learned so much about instructing students both inside and outside of the archives. I am excited and most appreciative for our faculty’s continued interest to utilize our archive primary sources to enrich their students’ learning experience.

Book Chapter Co-Author
Jude Morrissey invited me to co-author a book chapter titled “Building Bridges with No Trolls: The Practical Ethics of Open Access Institutional Repositories and Digital Archives,” published in Applying Library Values to Emerging Technology: Tips and Techniques for Advancing within Your Mission (ACRL, 2018). I am grateful for Jude’s innovative vision for user services and open access at Milligan Libraries and for suggesting to contribute to this publication!

Promoting the Helsabeck Archives of the Stone-Campbell Movement
With the time and dedication from David Kiger, Katie Banks, John Mark Wade, and David Baker, the Helsabeck Archives of the Stone-Campbell Movement now has an online presence on the Milligan Libraries’ Archive page and serves as a research destination for researchers of the Stone-Campbell Movement.

Archive Internship at the Holloway Archives at Milligan College
During my time at Milligan, I initiated a volunteer archive internship opportunity to be offered each spring semester in the Holloway Archives at Milligan College. Students who complete this internship curate an archival exhibit; arrange, describe and process an archive collection; digitize manuscripts and photos; and analyze primary sources. The skills gained from this internship include: training in appraisal, preservation, arrangement, description, and processing procedures; learning best practices for preservation, care and handling of archive materials; experience with digitization equipment and software; and curation design and exhibit installation. My interns have been Katie (Siebenaler) Banks (2015), Blake Stanley (2017), and Kristen Williams (2018). I have fully enjoyed serving as a mentor with each of my interns and I am extremely proud of all of their accomplishments.

Thank you Gary, Mary, Jude, David B., David K., and Katie for making the Milligan Libraries a wonderful place to work and serve each day. I appreciate all that you do and will miss you all.

Welcome Katie (Siebenaler) Banks

Katie (Siebenaler) Banks graduated from Milligan College in 2015 with a double major in History and Humanities. Her experience in libraries and archives began in high school, when she volunteered at the Elizabethton/Carter County Public Library. “As someone who loved history, I was initially thinking of pursing a public history or museum studies degree after Milligan. But then I began to discover how much I like archives.” During her final semester at Milligan, Katie completed an internship in the College Archives with Lindsay Kenderes. The experience was capped by mounting an exhibit on student clubs and traditions. “As a second-generation Buffalo, I had grown up always hearing about Milligan, so it was especially fun to work in the college archives on an exhibit like this.”

Katie went on to Indiana University to pursue a Master of Library Science degree with a concentration in Archives and Records Management (2017). She worked in the University Archives, where she processed archival collections and transcribed handwritten board of trustees’ minutes, including a set of minutes when Robert Milligan was hired as a professor at the university in the 1800s. She also worked in the political papers archives, processing the congressional papers of a former congressmen from Indiana. Her internship was at the home of the first president of Indiana University, where she contributed to an interactive exhibit on women at the university and assisted with library instruction. “My time at Indiana University was invaluable in preparing me for working in an academic library and archives,” she says. Most recently, Katie has been working as a cataloger for the Washington County Public Library, and assisting with reference work at the Welshimer Library.

“I am excited for the opportunity to work with the Milligan community,” says Katie. “I am thrilled and honored to become Milligan College’s archivist. I hope to continue to bring awareness to both archives within Milligan Libraries, and to use them as resources for research and learning.”