Monthly Archives: June 2013

Moving In, June 1998

Moving in to the new library.

Moving in to the new library.

Fifteen years ago, June 1, 1998 we started moving into The MacPhaidin Library. It is difficult now to picture all the empty book shelves, unused tables, empty offices and brightly colored, plastic wrapped furniture. And then we started to fill the place…

Books, bound periodicals and U.S. Government Documents were scheduled to be moved in those first two weeks. The college hired an outside company to move the entire collection, including the 10,000 volumes temporarily housed in the Student Union. Due to the proximity of the former Cushing-Martin Library and the new library, the plan was to load up the book bins, roll them out the back door of the C-ML, up the sidewalk and into the front door of the new library.

Books arriving on temporary shelves to the new library.

Books arriving on temporary shelves to the new library.

All books were being moved in tall, wooden bins, with shelves that were open on the side. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate. After 3 days the rains came and then it rained or poured for the better part of the next 10 days. Those open- sided book bins were not built to protect the books from water. Plastic sheeting helped a bit, but the crew finally decided to come back later in the month to finish the job. June 1998 was one of the dampest in memory, and one the Library staff will never forget.

On July 7 we opened the doors for limited access to materials. The true “opening” for most of us was the first day of classes in the fall, when we all delighted in the students’ reaction to their new library.

Author Maury Klein Speaks at Ames Family Dinner

On May 11th, members of the Ames family gathered at Stonehill for their annual family dinner.  After touring the renovation of the Ames Shovel Works (located 2 miles from the College), which is being repurposed into residential apartments, the family listened to a lecture by retired URI professor Maury Klein.  Dr. Klein’s works on the Union Pacific railroad and General Electric includes many references to the Ames family’s involvement in these companies.

Bauman Exhibit Opens

On April 25th, the Stonehill College Archives opened its first full scale exhibit of the Stanley Bauman Photograph Collection on what would have been Mr. Bauman’s 100th birthday.  The exhibit, titled, “A Lasting Legacy: Stanley Bauman and His Camera,” features 90 of the approximately 500,000 images captured by Mr. Bauman during his 70 plus years as a professional photographer.  Offering a small glimpse of the variety of images in the collection, the exhibit showcases photos of boxing heavyweight champ Rocky Marciano, nostalgic scenes of downtown Brockton and D.W. Field Park, shots of schools from Brockton and other Southeastern Massachusetts municipalities, and many more photos that convey the significance of Mr. Bauman’s lasting legacy. Located in the Archives gallery in the lobby of Cushing-Martin Hall, the exhibit is open to the public free of charge, between 8am and 6pm, Monday-Friday.