A Christmas Celebration

A Christmas Celebration

Posted by: on December 11, 2014   |Comments (0)|Library
John V.. Brennan '59 Collection of White House Ornaments

John V.. Brennan ’59 Collection of White House Ornaments

The Library Display Committee is at it again!!  It’s all about displays, ’bout displays, no treble!!  Tis the season to exhibit the items found in Special and Archival Collections. Located in the library foyer on the left side as you walk in,  photographs from past Christmas tree lighting ceremonies to An Advent Service of Lessons and Carols provide the backdrop for A Christmas Celebration!

Please take a moment to enjoy the White House ornaments from the John V. Brennan ’59 Collection artfully arranged as a Christmas tree along with various Christmas cards from past Providence College presidents.

Read about Warren Harding, 29th President of the United States (1921-1923) and the 2014 ornament…interesting facts!

Be safe in your travels and enjoy this holiday season!

 

The Library Display Committee is at it again!!  It’s all about displays, ’bout displays, no treble!!  Tis the season to exhibit the items found in Special and Archival Collections. Located in the library foyer on the left side as you walk in,  photographs from past Christmas tree lighting ceremonies to An Advent Service of Lessons […]MORE

The Winter Days of Providence College

Posted by: on December 12, 2013   |Comments (0)|Events

The first day of winter is just around the corner and though it has been rather brisk with some nasty weather thrown in, the library is a great place to be!  Kick off your shoes, relax and snuggle with a good book in the “pit” as you breathe a sigh of relief, for you are that student that has completed your exams and looking forward to the winter break and the festivities of the holidays.  Perhaps anticipating traveling a distance to join your relatives or the family gathering at your home as all are anxiously awaiting the Christmas Goose, Figgy Pudding and Tiny Tim!

All that aside; in celebration of winter and the Christmas/New Year season, the Library has a new display in the foyer.  Stop, Look and Listen…ya, I said it!!  Please make it one of your stops today or when you return to school; adjusting to your busy days of hustle and bustle of new courses, new students, new Professors, and take that moment to peruse the amazing photos of students from previous years having a rousing good snowball fight or shoveling the snow away from their cars to make a quick get-away in their Ford Pintos and VW Beetles!!

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Let the warm and fuzzy memories of childhood take you back to the days of frolicking in the snow, building snow forts, creating snow angels and your brother shoving snow down your back…maybe your brother, not mine! Or snowstorms from previous years, which brings to mind, last year’s nor’easter, Nemo, which bombarded the northeast with large accumulations of snow.  The storm hit Rhode Island on Feb. 9, 2013, dumping up to two feet of snow. Classes were cancelled and students enjoyed a weekend free for sledding, snowball fights and building snowmen. Student volunteers shoveled out St. Pius Church and homes on Eaton, Pembroke and Radcliffe. Good for the community and good for you!

Blog_in_Wordpress_Dec_16_2013_E_ (1)Or be dazzled by our brilliant display of beautiful Christmas ornaments hand selected by a committee of craftsmen and dedicated library staff and randomly chosen from the John V. Brennan ’59 Collection, one of many Special Collections tucked away in the Providence College Special and Archival Collections Department.  Take a close look, no closer, seriously, to examine the holiday trinkets in this exhibit. The word is, no not The Bird, but rumor has it that while staring at these beautiful decorations, unsuspecting library patrons, have been known to develope an overwhelming, hypnotic effect causing one to experience symptoms of shock and awe…please close your eyes, click your heels three times and step away from the exhibit.Blog_in_Wordpress_Dec_16_2013_D_ (1)

Don’t you fret none, this exhibit will be on display when you return from your winter break.

Have a healthy and Merry Christmas! Be responsible, stay warm and safe, and enjoy the New Year with family and friends.   I know I will…

We will be waiting with baited breath for your return on the 21st.

 

 

 

The first day of winter is just around the corner and though it has been rather brisk with some nasty weather thrown in, the library is a great place to be!  Kick off your shoes, relax and snuggle with a good book in the “pit” as you breathe a sigh of relief, for you are […]MORE

Past Presidents Exhibit

Posted by: on October 21, 2013   |Comments (0)|Library

blogWhen visiting the library, take note of the new display in the foyer “Past Providence College Presidents.”

The display features the past six presidents prior to Father Brian J. Shanley, O.P.:  Robert J. Slavin, O.P., 1947-1961,; Vincent Cyril Dore, O.P., 1961-1965; William P. Haas, O.P., 1965-1971; Thomas R. Peterson, O.P., 1971-1985; John F. Cunningham, O.P., 1985-1994,; Alphonsus P. Smith, O.P., 1994-2005.

This is a great opportunity to increase your knowledge of the history of Providence College.  By perusing the exhibit, you will learn about the highlights of each President’s tenure through their publications, biographies and viewing the photographs placed throughout the foyer display cases. Included are some amusing images that add some lightness to this display!  One example is Father Philip Smith, O.P. sitting on Santa Claus’s lap!

The exhibit also contains timelines with interesting facts about each President, in particular the names of dorms and buildings and how that came about…which leads to the “burning” question, “why is the Student Union Hall named Slavin Center?” Find the answer and more!

The display is open until December 15, 2013.

When visiting the library, take note of the new display in the foyer “Past Providence College Presidents.” The display features the past six presidents prior to Father Brian J. Shanley, O.P.:  Robert J. Slavin, O.P., 1947-1961,; Vincent Cyril Dore, O.P., 1961-1965; William P. Haas, O.P., 1965-1971; Thomas R. Peterson, O.P., 1971-1985; John F. Cunningham, O.P., […]MORE

How Bizzarre is that?!?

Posted by: on October 3, 2013   |Comments (0)|Library

Providence College’s student newspaper, The Cowl, began publication on November 16, 1935. It has been published continuously during each academic year since then, with the exception of the years 1944 and 1945 during the Second World War.Cowl Masthead v1no1

The library’s digitization project began in 2009. Issues from 1935 to 1979 are now available.   Each individual issue is fully text-searchable.  Work will continue until all archived issues of the Cowl are available for online viewing.  Some of the early issues are hilarious, particularly the April Fools’ issues (check out the Dominickettes!)dominikettes

  There is also a lot of interesting history in the old issues.  For instance, did you know   that PC had a Dalmatian named “Friar of What Ho” as an early mascot? Friar What Ho

 

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To find The Cowl archives as well as other digital collection, click on “Special Collections” from the library’s homepage and then “Digital Projects”.  You can then scroll down to “The Providence College Cowl”.  Here is the link:  http://digitalcommons.providence.edu/cowl/

 

 

Providence College’s student newspaper, The Cowl, began publication on November 16, 1935. It has been published continuously during each academic year since then, with the exception of the years 1944 and 1945 during the Second World War. The library’s digitization project began in 2009. Issues from 1935 to 1979 are now available.   Each individual issue […]MORE