“I’ve called this meeting to report on the progress of various projects.” This photo of past Creighton president Joseph P. Zuercher, S.J., at a meeting – or more likely a fall banquet – was chosen because it fits our second project. (By the way, if you know where he was speaking, or who any of the folks with him are, please leave that information in the comment section.)
Item #1 (University Archives co-sponsor) - Ahead of the Their Time, author reading
Matt Holland, author of Ahead of Their Time, will read an excerpt and tell the story of Creighton’s DePorres Club, an interracial group that included the author’s father, Denny Holland, and John Markoe, SJ, who fought to end segregation in Omaha early in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1940s and ’50s. Creighton graduates and members of the DePorres Club, Virginia Walsh and Agnes Stark, will attend the event.
Creighton University Archives proudly joins with CSU, Justice & Peace Studies, Philosophy Department, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Collaborative Ministry Office, IRHG, CCSJ and the Jesuit Community to sponsor the reading. The reading is open to the public, and refreshments will be provided by CSU.
This is the book that Creighton’s Attic told you about back in July of this year. And the author, Matt Holland, was the speaker at our 2013 Annual Archives Lecture (featured in the second-ever Creighton’s Attic post).
Item # 2 (University Archives project) – Digitization of photographic collections
Some of you know that the University Archives has been working for quite a while to organize and digitize portions of our photographic collections. With over 1/2 million images, so this project will take a lot of time. We got a boost recently when Marcey Gibson (who works at Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library) started working some of her hours to add metadata to the digital files, which will make it easier to provide access to more of our images.Thanks also to Katherine and Beth, our two outstanding student workers, for their many hours on this project.
Item #3 (Non-archives project) – St. John’s Church
Back in August, we reported on construction at St. John’s Church in the heart of our campus. The new addition on the west side is coming along, and the addition of precast concrete panels around the concrete-block elevator shaft changed the appearance rapidly this week.
The work was quite a production, with large tractor-trailers having to back their way from 24th Street to ConAgra Plaza. A large crane lifted the panels from the trailers into place, where workers quickly fastened – not sure how, but I did see welding sparks – to frames. I was not around to see the crane lift the concrete panels, but the photo (above) from this morning shows the crane lifting some heavy metal sections.
This photo, taken from the east edge of the library, provides some perspective as to how big the crane is.