Monday, February 23, 2015

Chess Club, 1950s

This is an image we think of the chess club in the 1950s. Standing, L-R looks like Kaarlo Filppu, Social Science; Louis Hetler, Theater; and perhaps Howard Kiefer, Education? Anyone you recognize? (Remember, if you click on the photo you can see it larger size.)

The setting by the way appears to be in the original student union building, today's Lathrop Hall.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

1930s film footage of the college

This is the oldest motion picture footage known to exist of the college. The footage was shot on 8 mm film by Emmett Costich, a student at what was then called "The Training School" a K-8 school where Brockport teaching students helped to educate the children. Emmett used his dad's camera to capture several events, including Brockport's Color Day celebration, a cookout with Charles Cooper (the namesake of Cooper Hall) and a National Recovery Administration parade. This is a 3-minute highlight clip from the more than 40 minutes of footage in our archives.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


The early 1960s were the era of pop rock groups like the New Christy Minstrels, Kingston Trio and others. Hootenanny was a TV show that presented groups like this, and at colleges all over hootenannies were held, pop folk jam sessions or talent shows. Here are two unidentified Brockport students in 1963, trying out for a hootenanny here.