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From the College Archives: Middlebury Commencement Through History

We are thrilled to introduce a new series, From the College Archives, curated by Josh Kruskal, ’15. In the weeks of his last semester, Josh, a prized Special Collections staff member, scoured 200 years of Middlebury Kaleidoscopes in search of historic and day-to-day moments. In Josh’s inaugural post: Commencement. In his photo essays to come, look for themes such as Students and Their […] Continue reading

Sugarin’ Off in the 1940s

It’s early April and the maple sap is starting to flow, which means it’s time for one of Vermont’s most beloved traditions: The Sugaring-Off Party. This recently rediscovered clip from a 16mm film reel in the Middlebury College Archives records one such party held by students in the early 1940s. Sponsored by the Mountain Club, […] Continue reading

Clothing Guide 1944-45, from the Archives

For the 1944-45 school year, the Student Union published these handy HELPS AND HINTS as part of a clothing guide (for women). For example, “No Rubber Boots are to be worn to the dining-rooms, or to lectures and concerts unless the weather is very severe and there is no opportunity to change.” And don’t get us started on shorts. […] Continue reading

“Joseph Battell: A Centennial Appreciation,” a talk by David Haward Bain, Monday, February 23rd

February 23, 2015 is the centennial of Joseph Battell’s death. Bread Loaf land baron (in his day the largest private landowner in Vermont), environmentalist, crusading newspaperman, Middlebury College alum (Class of 1860), trustee, philanthropist, novelist. David Haward Bain presents an illustrated “magic lantern” talk on Joseph Battell’s life and works. When: February 23, 2015, 4:30pm Where: Abernethy […] Continue reading

Winter Carnival Films from the 1940s “Premiered”

Fun in the snow at Middlebury College!  These recently digitized 16mm films haven’t been seen in more than fifty years. This silent film montage shows scenes of the 40 meter jump on Chipman Hill, early ski trails at the Snow Bowl and the “new” 50 meter ski jump, Mountain Club outings to the winter woods, […] Continue reading

Winter Carnival Vintage Films Premiere and Hot Chocolate Bar, February 13

Recently rediscovered films in the College Archives from the 1940s will be shown for the first time in more than sixty years. See Winter Carnival the way it was, before Gore-Tex and fiberglass: ski jumps on Chipman Hill, races at the Snow Bowl, aero-skijoring, and more. When: Friday, February 13, 2015, 4:30 – 6pm Where: McCullough Crossroads Cafe (The […] Continue reading

Davis Library spring exhibit, “Before the Selfie: A Century of Student Portraits”

Our spring exhibit features photographic portraits of Middlebury students striking serious poses for the camera and at times, goofing off. In other words, one hundred years of awe-inspiring facial hair, evolving fashion trends, and outdoor leisure pursuits. How will you be remembered? Email a selfie to the Archives at specialcollections@middlebury.edu …or Instagram #middleburyselfie   Photo credit: Lewis Hemenway, […] Continue reading

“Joseph Battell: A Centennial Appreciation,” a talk by David Haward Bain, Monday, February 23rd

February 23, 2015 is the centennial of Joseph Battell’s (Class of 1860) death. Bread Loaf land baron (in his day the largest private landowner in Vermont), environmentalist, crusading newspaperman, Middlebury College trustee, philanthropist, unreadable novelist, eccentric Joseph Battell left his stamp on his homeland. David Haward Bain presents an illustrated “magic lantern” talk on Joseph Battell’s life […] Continue reading

Middlebury women take a snowy ride up to Ripton, ca. 1940s

In this clip, members of the Women’s Forum of Middlebury College load up holiday gifts into a truck parked behind Forrest Hall, en route to the Meeting House in Ripton, VT. Upon their arrival in Ripton, local children run (and slide, trudge, and sled) to meet them. The Middlebury women, joined by a costumed Santa, […] Continue reading

We were greatly shocked with the news…

During a recent visit to the archives by Professor Ellie Gebarowski-Shafer’s Religion 130 class, The Christian Tradition, students plowed through 214 years of Middlebury College missionary history with College Archivist Danielle Rougeau. Amid the pages of 19th century cursive was this diary entry by Mary Martin, wife of a missionary to China and grandmother of Mabel Martin (later […] Continue reading