Digital History at Ursinus

Browse Exhibits (15 total)

The Unity House Project

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Built in 1904. In the 1950’s Studio Cottage was established and renamed to Unity House in 2011. The building itself is over one hundred years old and has seen many iterations-- a residence hall, a music studio, diversity center, and a recreational facility. Once home to the Center for Diversity and Inclusion, Unity House was bulldozed on Wednesday, August 29th, 2018 to make way for the Ursinus College Commons. Leaving a legacy and invaluable memories in its rubble, Unity House has effectively “moved” to Lower Wismer under a new name-- The Institute for Inclusion and Equity.

The Crigler Institute: From First Black Graduate to Program

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The Crigler Institute is the namesake of the first African American graduate of Ursinus College, William Robert Crigler. The summer program invites first-year students from underrepresented backgrounds to campus for intensive academic training and a chance to become acquainted with the campus. Students are also given a chance to explore the campus, ultimately the mission is to set underrepresented students up for social and academic success.

The Curtain Club's Closing Curtain

The Curtain Club was Ursinus' student theater organization that definitively originated in 1930, but it disappeared in 1968. During the same year, the club changed its name to "ProTheatre." By analyzing past articles from the Ursinus Weekly, Ruby yearbooks, diversity ratios among students, performances, and campus trends from the 1950s until 1968, we demonstrate that the name signifies Ursinus' focus on the transition into a more inclusive and democratic environment. Reorganizing the "Curtain Club" into "ProTheatre" signifies Ursinus' shift into being "pro-change."

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The Fall of Greeks: Disappearing Fraternities from Ursinus College

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Context and Argument 

Ursinus College campus used to be brimming with fraternities, especially in the 1980s. Fraternities have been started as early as 1925 to the last addition of a charter beginning in 2005. There are only a few fraternities still alive today at Ursinus. Our goal is to find out why fraternties at Ursinus College seem to be gradually disappearing from campus. Through primary source research on specific fraternties via Ruby yearbooks and Grizzly articles, we seek an internal answer to our question. Through secondary source resaerch, primarly sifting through academic databases, we seek to find am external or nation-wide answer to our question. Times are always changing.

Focus Group and Justification 

Additionally, we would like to make a distinction and justification for the type of fraternity we wil be focusing on throughout our project. We will be primarily be focusing on what we deem to be "traditional fraternities." Traditional fraternities are member based organizations that include a rushing process, pledging process, and a membership exclusive to men. We exclude academic fraternities and gender inclusive fraternities, because they do not face scrutiny or a declined prescence on campus. On the contrary, academic and gender inclusive fraternities are on the rise. We also acknowlege that local soroities face the same scrutiny and issues that traditional fraternities are currently going through. We scope of our project would be too large if we included them, therefore, we respectful acknowlege their issues and struggles here. 

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Bears Make Smoke - The Evolution of Cigarette Advertisements (1940's & 1980's)

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Hello and welcome to Bears Make Smoke, a project researching Ursinus smokings ads in the Grizzly and Lantern. This project focuses exclusively on the 1940's and 1980's, investigating the contrasts between these two decades. Our goal is to understand the extent to which smoking ads changed in Ursinus texts over these years, and the social trends/advancements that came with it.

In other words, how and why have the advertisements in Ursinus' texts changed throughout time, specifically in the 40’s and 80’s?

Why the 1940's and 1980's?

A question everyone must be wondering, as they seem like quite random time periods at first glance. There are many reasons for this, but possibly the most important was to avoid a tidal wave of information drowning everyone. Focusing on two specific times allows for more information to be found and analyzed, without having to worry about finding sources for every decade or so. But why the 40's and 80's specifically? That's simple - we wanted to show a drastic difference in history, and the 40's and the 80's had this drastic difference.

1940's - A plethora of smoking advertisements year after year after year

1980's - The appearance of Cancer Society advertisements (anti-smoking ads)

Although there were many trends during the other decades, there was the most startling difference between these two specifically. A lot can happen in fourty years, and continuing forward, our goal of this project is to show you exactly what happened during these years. Afterwards, we will then take a look at all our unique advertisements from the 40's and 80's and put it in perspective with both Ursinus College and America. Intersted? Let's take a look.

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