From the Archives & Special Collections: Sugar Donuts

archives_oct1916It’s October 2016. The leaves have changed color and the temperature has dropped. Fire places have been lit and blankets have been bought. October is the month of Homecoming and Halloween; the month of pumpkins and hot cider. But what was October like one hundred years ago? In 1916, the University of Puget Sound was the College of Puget Sound that had a bustling 170 students … “Never in the history of the instruction has there been such a large attendance at any one time.” At around this time, too, athletics were being introduced to the school, football being the main sport. A tradition no longer recognized was the Bean Feed. According to The Trail, “everyone was there” and “the freshmen were well represented and what they liked best was sugar on doughnuts,” so, really, not much has changed.

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Sierra Scott

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National cat day is October 29

Fame isn’t just for people!  Cats have been known to hold their own special roles too. Check out some of these famous felines.

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Music in the Library: Solo Viola on Friday, October 28th, 2:30 p.m.

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Solo Viola
Performance by Forrest Walker

Friday, October 28th
2:30-3 p.m.
Reading Room, Collins Library

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Puget Sound Students Share Research on Tacoma History

nowmrlincoln-imageIn Spring 2016, students in Professor Alison Tracy Hale’s Honors 401 class at the University of Puget Sound (Tacoma, WA) created the “Now, Mr. Lincoln?” site based on their work with material from the university’s archives. Working with Archivist and Special Collections Librarian Katie Henningsen, students explored documents related to a 1968 campaign, supported by key university figures, to provide seed money for local African American business owners. With support from Peggy Burge, Coordinator of Teaching, Learning, and Digital Humanities, students analyzed and contextualized these materials with attention paid to local and national history, campus race relations, and demographic data. They utilized a range of digital tools–HistoryPin, Social Explorer, TimelineJS, and Scalar–to introduce their findings to the larger community:

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Rocking Chair Room Story Hour, Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, 10am, Pacific NW Room

storyhour_oct29Family Story Hour

Saturday, October 29
Pacific NW Room

Reading and crafts with Lindsey Hunt, Puget Sound student

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If you had to die tomorrow, would you be satisfied with the life you’ve lived?

lastdaysWalter Mosley invites his readers to join him in uncovering the mysterious ways the mind works through memory and witness. Mosely, recipient of an O. Henry Award, a Grammy, and PEN America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, is one of America’s most versatile and admired writers today.

Sulking, depressed, crazed. Ninety year old Ptolemy Grey has no one to keep him from sinking into his dementia, until his grandnephew dies; at the funeral he meets a fellow loner. Seventeen year old Robyn cannot stand the way Ptolemy has let himself wallow in his own misery. This story is about how they become each other’s family and Robyn helps Ptolemy come to terms with his past, even if that means unlocking secrets that will affect them both.

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From the Archives & Special Collections: Halloween Hijinks

archivesoct19Sometimes even the Faculty needs a bit of fun. In this photo some staff members from the 1926 faculty basketball team decided to dress up and take this treasure of a photo. As it is October and we are all gearing up for Halloween, maybe we can take some inspiration from these costumes! A couple members of this photo even have dorm buildings named after them here at University of Puget Sound. Regester and Seward, my own dorm namesake, are flaunting some creative outfits, though my personal favorite is Kelley in his bodacious bonnet. Check out the photo on A Sound Past!

The Archives & Special Collections is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 12:00-3:00 p.m. or by appointment.

By Laure Mounts

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Rocking Chair Room Story Hour, Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016, 10am, Pacific NW Room

storyhour_oct22aFamily Story Hour

Saturday, October 22
Pacific NW Room

Fall Fun!
Come join Puget Sound student, Chase Hutchinson, in celebrating the changing season with fall themed reading and crafts!

*Children are encouraged to bring their stuffed animals from home!

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A Bounty at Collins Memorial Library

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“Salish Bounty: Native American Foods of Puget Sound,” reads a sign in the open space to the right of the circulation desk in Collin’s Memorial Library. In the glass display cases in the center of the room are carefully pressed and labeled flora. On the walls are large posters explaining the traditions and traditions surrounding food in Salish culture. One core value sticks out to me, “Food is a blessing, gratefully and respectfully gathered and prepared, given and received with just as much gratification and respect”.

Salish peoples are a group of First Nations/Native Americans who reside in the coastal and inland regions of the Pacific Northwest. The arrival of colonial settlers “altered their ecosystem and limited their access to lands and waters, making it increasingly hard for Coast Salish people to collect traditional foods” (Burke Museum). The reservation system, thought to be a solution to this issue, introduced foods which were poor substitutes to the rich Salish diet.

As I researched more into the significance of this travelling exhibit I learned more about the escalating health problems Native Americans face. Academics such as Leslie Korn, Ph.d., MPH, author of Rhythms of Recovery: Trauma, Nature, and the Body and director of the Center for Traditional Medicine in Olympia, Washington cannot help draw the connection to the divergence from a balanced traditional diet.

Many Salish tribes, schools, and community groups are now working hard to instill cultural values such as eating with the seasons and eating a variety of foods back into their communities. More information about the history of Salish traditional foods can be found in the exhibit on the first floor of the library. In the process of helping put together this exhibit I considered the ways in which general food traditions have evolved from fast food to supermarkets to restaurants to cafeterias, does our society build a culture around respecting food or using it as a tool? Does the act of gorging oneself during a ceremonial feast devalue the food that we make or does it show appreciation?

– By Janne Deng 

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Amanda Clark, “Words in Dust and Literary Fireworks: Contemporary Chinese Book Arts.” October 24, 3pm, Collins Library

Artwork: Incense Mantra, and Xie Xiaoze's Chinese Library, by Tsai Charwei

Artwork: Incense Mantra, and Xie Xiaoze’s Chinese Library, by Tsai Charwei

Amanda Clark, art historian and scholar will showcase her research on this unique art form. She will cover several works of Chinese book art, broadly defined, including Xu Bing’s Where does the dust itself collect?, Wang Qingsong’s Crazy readers, and Cai Guo-Qiang’s One night stand, among other works that push the margins of how we define and categorize art. The presentation will consider a wide variety of works produced by contemporary Chinese book artists, the paradigms they push against, and the powerful global messages their artworks convey. 3:00–4:00pm (Library Room 020)

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