Historical Row

HISTORICAL ROW: THE FIRST ARGUS EDITORS

Editorial Triumvirate Editors (l. to r.) Freeman B. Hamblin, Martin A. Knapp, and Albert J. Nast, all of the class of 1868, started a journalistic tradition with The College Argus, on June 11, 1868 (shown here). Photos courtesy of Olin Library Special Collections and Archives. “Every college of note, to-day, which wishes to sustain even…

HISTORICAL ROW: LOUIS ARMSTRONG AT WESLEYAN

Over the decades, any number of luminaries have visited campus, and not just to accept honorary degrees. Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong and his All-Stars, including Edmund Hall, Trummy Young, Billy Kyle, Bobby Hackett, and singer Velma Middleton, played a rollicking, sold-out concert in the old Cage (now the site of the Usdan Campus Center) on May…

HISTORICAL ROW: WESLEYAN AND WORLD WAR I

In 1914, The Great War—known later as World War I—broke out in Europe. As United States entry seemed imminent, the Wesleyan faculty approved the formation of a Reserve Officer Training Corps in December 1916. After the U.S. Congress declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917—100 years ago this year—375 students enrolled in military training.…

EDGAR BECKHAM: “TURN DIVERSITY INTO AN EDUCATIONAL ASSET”

The College of Letters annual report for 1968–69 notes that Edgar Beckham taught COL 370: The Literature of Black Experience: “It was the first course in black studies offered by a black instructor.“ EDGAR BECKHAM: “TURN DIVERSITY INTO AN EDUCATIONAL ASSET” Edgar F. Beckham came to Wesleyan from Hartford in 1951. As most students did,…

HISTORICAL ROW: WILLIE KERR: A WESLEYAN ORIGINAL

Clarence Williams “Willie” Kerr was truly a Wesleyan original, filling many roles during his time at the university. Kerr was “a father figure for Wesleyan,” according to the Argus. He was “urbane, witty, almost courtly in manner,” as described in these pages in 1974. In the words of Professor Nathaniel Greene, Willie was “an institutional…

HISTORICAL ROW: SYR PERECYVELLE OF GALES: A BRILLIANT ASSOCIATION

Some of the most amazing creative partnerships originate in college. Special Collections & Archives holds an evocative example of the deep connection between William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, two 19th-century British artists who were central figures in the movement to return to the medieval and early Renaissance artistic ideals they felt had been abandoned by…

HISTORICAL ROW: HENRY BACON’S IMPRINT ON WESLEYAN

Henry Bacon is known today primarily as the architect of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., dedicated in 1922. Before his death in 1924, he designed a number of prominent public buildings and monuments. He also played a critical part in shaping Wesleyan in his role as, in the words of Wesleyan historian David Potts…

HISTORICAL ROW

Four Days In SpringA visit by the Grateful Dead, as memorable as it was, was only one of the happenings that together turned four days in spring 1970 into a microcosm of an era. During that short period of time, campus bombings, Black Panther Party rallies, and calls for a student strike also grabbed the…