Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Rockin' Normal Hall!

The archivist is doing some research into the "Mandolin Club" that was here ca1885 to 1910 or so. This sort of music group was very popular at the time, and played a mix of popular and classical music. As jazz and other forms of music became more popular this type of group faded away, but there are actually still a few around. Go here to see a YouTube clip of the Milwaukee Mandolin Orchestra! Shown here is a picture of the the Brockport Normal School Mandolin Club from the 1899 yearbook.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Shirley Chisholm spoke here...

Shirley Chisholm was a notable figure in her day. She was the first black woman elected to Congress in 1968 and was also the first major party black candidate, in the 1972 campaign. In 1983 she was the undergraduate commencement speaker at Brockport. She is shown here with then President Van De Wetering. This slide is part of a massive collection of photographs the archives is currently processing which represent 30 years of campus photographer Jim Dusen's work.