The newsletter of the Green Bay Symphony Orchestra is reporting that the organization’s extensive library of orchestral music will remain available for community use through an arrangement that will place the collection at the Area Research Center at UW-Green Bay’s Cofrin Library.
The library of musical scores was collected over the course of the GBSO’s 100-year history. It was announced previously that the organization will disband as a professional orchestra after this season’s final concert. That concert, titled “Celebrating the Youth Orchestra,” is set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Weidner Center. The evening will spotlight visiting professional performers who are graduates of the GBSO youth orchestra program.
The youth and orchestral music libraries are being purchased by Green Bay physician Herb Coussons, M.D., who has agreed to house the collection at UW-Green Bay. Access will be available to local performance organizations including the Youth Symphony, the Civic Symphony and the music programs at UW-Green Bay and St. Norbert College.
The Area Research Center will also become home to the GBSO’s collection of archival materials including audio recordings of concerts, photos, news clippings, season program books and additional historical items.
As we’ve told you here previously, CSPAN-2 had a crew in Green Bay this fall to talk to authors and historians, including several from UW-Green Bay. The 90-minute local package ran twice this weekend, at 11 a.m. Saturday and 9:30 a.m. Sunday. No worries if you forgot to set the DVR — you can catch all the segments online by clicking the links:
• Interview with Jessie Garcia, author of My Life with the Green & Gold: Tales from 20 Years of Sportscasting:
• Interview with Mike Hoeft, author of The Bingo Queens of Oneida: How Two Moms Started Tribal Gaming in Wisconsin:
• Interview with UW-Green Bay Prof. Harvey Kaye, author of The Fight for the Four Freedoms: What Made FDR and the Greatest Generation Truly Great:
• Tour of Readers Loft Bookstore:
• Interview with Prof. Derek Jeffreys, author of Spirituality in Dark Places: The Ethics of Solitary Confinement:
• Interview concerning the work of political cartoonist Lyle Lahey archived in the Cofrin Library (featuring University archivist Deb Anderson and Assistant Prof. Alison Staudinger):
• Tour of Green Bay with Michael Bie, author of It Happened in Wisconsin:
The people in the Cofrin Library’s Archives and Area Research Center would like to know. They have photos of what looks to be a 1980s era campus event and they’re labeled “Spring Screamer.” Curious? Take a look.
Sunday’s Packers playoff loss to the 49ers wasn’t as cold as advertised (the temperature stayed above zero), so the record for coldest NFL game remains intact. (Minus-13 for the Packers-Cowboys Ice Bowl on Dec. 31, 1967.) A fun bit of history: the Cofrin Library’s Area Research Center has the National Weather Service’s hand-written logs for December 1967. Take a look, at https://www.facebook.com/uwgbarchives.
This week’s Throwback Thursday post on Facebook includes a rare photo of a red “Phoenix B. Bird.” (Actually, the shaggy looking costume in the faded photo has a coppery orange hue.) It looks to be part of a trading card promotional series for UW-Green Bay basketball. Take a look at https://www.facebook.com/uwgbarchives.
The Archives and Area Research Center people have posted another ‘Throwback Thursday’ item of nostalgia at their Facebook site. It brings back the old lower-case uwgb logo from UW-Green Bay’s first few years of existence in the 1970s. See https://www.facebook.com/uwgbarchives.
The special collections and archives unit of the Cofrin Library came across an interesting bit of history. Did you know that “Survival U: Girl Scouts of America” was held at UW-Green Bay in 1972? (The brand-new school was getting national press at the time for its environmental emphasis, with headlines about “Eco U” and “Survival U.”) Check out the Facebook post at
With universities near and far jumping on the sustainability bandwagon, UW-Green Bay rates special mention as one of the places the movement first got rolling. Four years ago, on Earth Day’s 39th anniversary in 2009, we linked to a vintage photo gallery. That link still makes for interesting viewing, click here.
Last week, our friends in Archives and the Area Research Center generated a lot of traffic to their Facebook site with their first ever “Throwback Thursdays” posting. They pulled some photos out of storage of the old Lucy Stone women’s center at UW-Green Bay. This week’s topic: the old days of long lines, course-registration binders and paper registration. See more.
Today we launched a new facebook feature for the Archives. We will have “Throwback Thursdays.” (Today’s post is about something new in 1972: The Lucy Stone Center.) Each Thursday will feature a post of photos, trivia and tidbits of campus history. Visit www.facebook.com/uwgbarchives.