Category Archives: Notre Dame History

Junior Parents’ Weekend

Notre Dame’s Junior Parents Weekend (JPW) first began as Parents-Son Day on April 18,  1953.  As Scholastic reported, Parents-Son Day was “[a] joint project of the Junior Class and the University administration … designed to ‘better acquaint students’ parents with the everyday life … Continue reading

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World War I Memorial Door

On Memorial Day, May 30, 1924, University President Rev. Matthew Walsh dedicated the World War I Memorial at Notre Dame before saying a military field mass in front of it.  The memorial is an addition to the east transept of … Continue reading

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Lewis Hall

On August 10, 1965, Notre Dame dedicated its first dormitory built specifically for female students.  Lewis Hall was originally built as a residence for the religious women pursuing advanced degrees at Notre Dame, accommodating 143 nuns, all in private rooms.  It would … Continue reading

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Notre Dame Day 2015

The second annual Notre Dame Day will kick-off on April 26th at 18:42 (6:42pm) with 29 hours of live broadcast, featuring a variety of Notre Dame departments, organizations, clubs, dorms, and alumni.  The ND Day crew will be in the … Continue reading

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An Archivist’s Eulogy for Father Hesburgh

I mourn the passing of Father Ted in a deeply personal as well as professional way. In 1978, when I was an ambitious but still young archivist, he believed in me enough to give me the chance to be University … Continue reading

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Main Quad Cannons

On May 22, 1896, the United States Congress approved the Disposition of Condemned Cannon, Etc., which provided the Secretaries of War and of the Navy the authority “to loan, or give to soldiers’ monumental associations, posts of the Grand Army … Continue reading

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Brick Top Shaun Rhue

In October of 1932, dog breeder Charles Otis and his partner Thomas Bolton announced that they were going to donate an Irish Terrier to Notre Dame to serve as mascot for the football team.  According to an advertisement in a … Continue reading

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Edward Sorin & Notre Dame’s Early Years

While Notre Dame would flourish in the 19th century, it was not an easy road.  Most American educational institutions faced severe obstacles that often led to ruin.  John Theodore Wack noted,  “Of the fifty-one Catholic colleges which were chartered in … Continue reading

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Illinois Rally for Civil Rights 1964

On June 21, 1964, Soldier Field in Chicago played host to the Illinois Rally for Civil Rights. The principle speakers were Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., President and Founder of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, … Continue reading

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Memorial Library Dedication 1964

Notre Dame’s Memorial Library (renamed the Hesburgh Library in 1987) was formally dedicated on May 7, 1964.  Its doors officially opened for student use in the fall of 1963, although the famous “Word of Life” mural wouldn’t be installed until … Continue reading

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