Tag: Area Research Center

April 27 ‘Into the Archives’ workshop targets humanities, with visiting UNC prof

Reid Barbour, an award-winning author and professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, will be on the UW-Green Bay campus Monday, April 27, to lead “Into the Archives! A Pedagogy Workshop.” The program runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the University Archives and Area Research Center on the 7th floor of the Cofrin Library. Assistant Prof. Rebecca Nesvet, a member of the Humanistic Studies faculty and UNC alumna, arranged the workshop through a Teaching Enhancement Grant from the Center for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. She says serious, historically oriented research in the humanities is making a comeback, as open-access digital archives allow instructors in all fields to teach primary texts. Barbour’s workshop for educators is informed by his UNC graduate course Into the Archives, and will cover strategies and readings that:

• empower students to believe in the value of archival work
• encourage them to pursue independent research
• unlock and analyze physical and digital archives
• engage the issues and choices at stake
• and effectively utilize UW-Green Bay archival resources

Nesvet says participants are invited to come to the workshop with ideas for taking UW-Green Bay students into the archives, or to generate ideas during and after the workshop. There are 15 workshop places available. To RSVP, or ask questions, contact Prof. Nesvet.

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More on Barbour — Worth mentioning about Prof. Reid Barbour, the guest presenter at the April 27 teaching development workshop, is his honorable mention recognition in the 2014 Modern Language Association competition for Best Scholarly Edition. He was recognized for Complete Works of Lucy Hutchinson, Volume One: The Lucretius Translation (OUP, 2011). The recipient of several awards for undergraduate and graduate teaching, he has written or edited books including Sir Thomas Browne: A Life (Oxford UP, 2013) and, for the Oxford edition of his complete works, Sir Thomas Browne’s Religio Medici.

Symphony scores, archives will go to Area Research Center

The Green Bay Symphony Orchestra’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, set for 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Weidner Center. 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. 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. Read more.

National History Day competition to bring hundreds to campus

The University of Wisconsin-Green Bay will host the Northeastern Wisconsin Region’s National History Day competition Saturday, March 7, marking the 13th consecutive year the event has been held on campus.

The competition will welcome more than 350 students from grades 6 through 12, representing 19 schools from throughout the region, with a total of just over 200 projects.

In keeping with this year’s theme of Leadership and Legacy in History, project topics include John F. Kennedy, Eleanor Roosevelt, Vince Lombardi, Gandhi, and many others. Students hail from public and private schools, as well as homeschools, in a multi-county area including Brown, Oconto, Shawano, Outagamie, Sheboygan, Marinette, and Manitowoc counties.

“We are proud to have UW-Green Bay serve as host to one of the largest regional competitions in the state,” said UW-Green Bay’s Deb Anderson, coordinator for the Northeastern Wisconsin region. “National History Day provides students of all abilities and interests an opportunity to learn about a topic of their choosing and present it in a creative way. I am impressed by the depth and breadth demonstrated by the students…in their topic selection, research, and final projects.”

Anderson shares the story of one young student who was making a research-oriented, pre-competition field trip to the UW-Green Bay Cofrin Library’s archives and local history center, who remarked to his teacher, “Best day ever! I have never done anything this cool in school before.”

“When you hear something like that,” Anderson adds, “it makes it exciting to be part of creating a strong passion for history”

Students can enter the National History Day competition in a variety of categories, including historical papers, exhibit displays, documentaries, performances and websites. They are required to use primary sources for projects, which often include interviews with individuals who have lived history.

The 2015 National History Day competition will be held in the Kress Events Center and Mary Ann Cofrin Hall at UW-Green Bay, 2420 Nicolet Drive. It is free and open to the public. The all-day event begins with an opening ceremony at 9 a.m., with judging taking place from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Awards will be presented in the Kress Events Center at 4 p.m.

Winners from the regional competition will move on to the April 25 state contest, and may have the opportunity to compete at the national competition in Washington, D.C. in June. On an annual basis, National History Day serves more than 600,000 students annually in all the U.S. states and territories.

In addition to students, families, educators and friends, the regional National History Day competition relies on 100 volunteers, including UW-Green Bay students, faculty, alumni and community members, to keep it running smoothly, Anderson said.

Its financial sponsors are the Brown County Historical Society, the Green Bay-De Pere Antiquarian Society, the Jean Nicolet chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, UW-Green Bay’s Institute for Learning Partnership, the Fox Wisconsin Heritage Parkway, the Historic Allouez Society and the De Pere Historical Society.

For more information contact Deb Anderson at UW Green Bay Archives at (920) 465-2539; or andersod@uwgb.edu.
Photo at top of post was taken at the 2014 National History Day held on the UW-Green Bay campus, April 5, 2014

Chancellor photo stream

The folks in the Cofrin Library Archives and Area Research Center are marking the installation of UW-Green Bay’s sixth chancellor with a small photo gallery highlighting those chancellors. Included are images of the late Ed Weidner, chancellor from 1966 to 1986, and David L. Outcalt, who led UWGB from 1986 to 1993, as well as the four (Miller, Harden, Shepard and Perkins) who will be present for Friday’s installation. To see the gallery, check out the ARC Facebook photos.

Library remembers ‘uwgb’ playing at Lambeau Field

The Cofrin Library’s Area Research Center has a “Throwback Thursdays” post today on its Facebook page. Remember when UW-Green Bay had a marching band that performed at Packers games? Did you know that the Center has a collection of Packers-related editorial cartoons? Check the post at https://www.facebook.com/uwgbarchives.

Why tunnels? Weidner, the founding chancellor and first employee, explains

Many thanks to University archivist Deb Anderson of the Area Research Center and Cofrin Library for digging up the text of a speech that founding chancellor Edward Weidner made at the 1972 groundbreaking ceremonies for the College of Community Sciences (today’s Rose and Wood Halls). With so much recent publicity — including a Green Bay Press-Gazette editorial — for UW-Green Bay’s fabulous concourse system, it’s nice to see Weidner’s words that the “tunnels” aren’t merely convenient… they’re important to our mission. Weidner’s 1972 remarks on the topic:

“Contrary to what many people think, Wisconsin winter weather was not the reason for this inter-connection. At the typical university, you find a collection of discrete buildings, each a fortress onto itself. We decided that we would have to do something different, not because of the weather, but because our academic plan is related to problem-solvin… So what we are doing is constructing one continuous big building, with no individual fortresses… This aspect of our physical plan has actually reinforced our academic plan and is permitting us to reach objectives that we could not otherwise achieve…”

A bit of Ice Bowl history, here at UW-Green Bay

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.

Super cool photo: The UWGB Motor Sports Club, circa 1970

The Area Research Center and University Archives office is putting out a call for early Student Life memorabilia, club items and photos. To prime the pump, staff members posted a super cool photo of some super cool cats posing with their super cool sports cars. They’re identified as members of one of UW-Green Bay’s earliest clubs, the Motor Sports Club. Click here to view.