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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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Memorial Day

Memorial Day began as Decoration Day to honor the dead soldiers from the Civil War.  However, it did not become a federal holiday until 1967.  When the academic year used to run through June at Notre Dame, students and faculty … Continue reading

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Students have not always had the luxury to travel home or to other destinations over Christmas break.  Whether due to financial circumstance or University regulations, students and faculty who remained on campus held proper Christmas celebrations — from the traditional … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is a celebration of the harvest, so food naturally takes center stage on this day.  Enjoy these menus of Thanksgiving Day feasts from years ago. Thanksgiving Day Menu for the Oliver Hotel, South Bend, Indiana, 11/29/1906   Football has … Continue reading

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Happy Fourth of July!

GNDS 2/11:  Main Building decorated with American flags for the visit of the Governor of Michigan, 1915.  In the foreground are SATC students in military uniforms. [It is difficult to be certain, but this may have actually been the visit … Continue reading

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The Father of Mother’s Day

On February 7, 1904, Francis Earle Hering proposed the idea of “setting aside of one day in the year as a nationwide memorial to the memory of Mothers and motherhood” to an audience of the Fraternal Order of Eagles in … Continue reading

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Hallelujah! He Is Risen!

CEDW 16/11 (Calendared XI-2-m):  Easter postcard that reads “Holy Easter, time of blessing, May we each rejoice and sing, Giving praises, heartfelt praises, To our risen Easter King.”  This postcard was sent to James (Jimmy) Edwards from Sister M. Cherubim, … Continue reading

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Skimming the entries for St. Patrick’s Day in a search of the finding aids and the Calendared collection, as well as some articles in Scholastic, it is apparent that St. Patrick’s Day in America was more than an ordinary saint’s … Continue reading

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Laissez les bon temps rouler!

From the late 1940s until the early 1980s, the Notre Dame Mardi Gras celebration at one point ranked “as one of the top three college weekends in the nation.” [South Bend Tribune, 02/21/1963; PNDP 70-Ma-01] The weekends were student-organized and … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday, Mr. President!

Although a French man, Fr. Edward Sorin, founder of the University of Notre Dame, was quick to embrace American patriotism.  It is no coincidence that Washington Hall was named after the first President of the United States. Notre Dame began … Continue reading

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