Month: September 2007

Upcoming Haunted Lawrence Tour

A tour of the spooky and haunted places on campus will take place in late October. In preparation for this, I am looking for people who may have experienced ghosts or other creepy things at Lawrence, or know of others who have. If you have any knowledge you would like to share, stop by the Archives, call or send an e-mail. Anonymity will be respected upon request.

Elizabeth Richardson

A book and article on Elizabeth Richardson, a graduate of Milwaukee-Downer College who served in World War II and died in a plane crash in France in 1945, are both out this month. The book on Liz by James Madison, “Slinging doughnuts for the boys: an American woman in World War II,” will be available to view at the library in the next few weeks. An article by James in the Autumn issue of the Wisconsin Magazine of History on Liz is titled, “Hey Milwaukee: A Wisconsin Girl Goes to War, 1944-1945.” Materials from the Lawrence Archives were used for both publications.

To learn more about Liz, visit this online exhibit about her life:

To view additional materials on Liz or if you have questions, visit the University Archives.

Ideas for future exhibits

I am always looking for new ideas for exhibits. If you have a suggestion for an event, person, or other topic that you think would be a good subject for an exhibit, let me know! The more creative, the better. The more random, the more appreciated.

How I can be reached…

In-person: Level B of the library

Phone: 920 832-6753


Instant messaging:

Current Exhibits

A Look at Student Life and Traditions at Lawrence University

The new school year brings new students and a new home in a residence hall. It also continues the many traditions present on campus. Traditions include the annual Homecoming activities such as the decorations on dorms and student houses, the crowning of the Homecoming queen, and the football game. Posters that displayed the rivalry between the Freshman and Sophomore classes were popular during the 1920s.

Several residence halls have been built since the founding of Lawrence in 1847. The oldest dorm, Ormsby Hall, was built in 1889 and served initially as an all-women’s dorm. Pictures of some of its earliest residents are displayed in the exhibit. Information on school colors, the Alma Mater, and the wearing of beanies is also provided.

Materials are on display in the exhibit cases on the first floor of the library through the end of October.

Do you have questions about the exhibit or the history of Lawrence? Visit the University Archives on Level B of the library or send an e-mail to