Songs from the Stacks

From the Diary of William S. Johnson: Part III

December 08, 2015

Stacks sings the third verse (different from the first) of William S. Johnson’s diary, which details the life of one of the very first students at Antioch College. When last we left our hero, he was dealing with the news that three of his siblings had died from typhoid, a disease rampant in the 19th century due to the sanitation standards of the time. With the Fall term of 1854 in full swing, however, Johnson has little time to dwell on his troubles.

Excerpt from the Diary of William S. Johnson Part II

November 01, 2015

Stacks again sings a stanza from the diary of William S. Johnson, an Antiochian in the very first year the College existed. He leads with a description of his role in one of the student literary societies, an interesting institution best treated in the Senior Project by Geoffrey Stein, class of 1965.

Excerpt from the Diary of William S Johnson

October 07, 2015

With Founders Day (October 5th) upon us, Stacks sings a song of William S. Johnson, one of the very first students of Antioch College. Of course, that’s only partially correct; to be precise, Johnson was only ever a member of the Antioch Preparatory Department, and therefore a high school student with aspirations of entering the College. He only appears in Antioch College records during its first academic year, 1853-54. Due to a series of family misfortunes, especially the untimely deaths of three of his siblings within weeks of each other, he was never able to resume his studies.

First Commencement of Antioch College as Reported by Whitelaw Reid

August 10, 2015

People don’t talk much about Whitelaw Reid (1837-1912) anymore, but he was once one of the biggest names in the country, and is still the most famous person in history from Greene County. He was born near Cedarville and attended Miami University, graduating a year before he wrote the following report for the Xenia News.

April 1865 and the Mann Papers

May 07, 2015

April was full of 150th anniversary observations of the end of the American Civil War, though that it ended at all has been a matter of debate ever since. Union forces captured the Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia on April 4th. On April 9th, Robert E.

Nancy Nooks to Horace Mann: July 1, 1857

March 04, 2015

Nancy Nooks’ letter to Horace Mann is perhaps the most delightfully misspelled piece of correspondence in the collections of Antiochiana. Impassioned, angry, absolutely incomprehensible in places and oddly perceptive in others, her letter is prompted by an incident at Antioch College in (we think) 1857 reported to her in the Cincinnati Commercial Gazette.

Horace Mann to Charlotte Messer Dedham on July 12, 1830

February 03, 2015

By Scott Sanders, Antioch College archivist

Gloom Study Grades

January 06, 2015

No aspect of American life escaped the impact of the Great Depression, especially the Christmas holiday. Life at Antioch College in the 1930s was certainly no exception: cooperative education jobs dropped left and right as unemployment rose to a paralyzing 25 percent and employers had to decide whether or not the few jobs they had left went to students or the heads of increasingly needy households.

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