Tagged: holidays

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 the Basilica of the Sacred Heart designed by Notre Dame architects Francis...

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 members participated in local parades and held ceremonies for the...

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 midnight mass to ice skating and gift exchanges.  Below is...

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 long been associated with Thanksgiving: Thanksgiving Day Menu for the...

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 from President Howard Taft on Decoration Day, 1914.  See the...

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 Indianapolis [certificate below]. Frank Hering first attended the University of...

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, CSC, Salt Lake City, Utah, 1910/0319.

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 feast day.  St. Patrick’s Day celebrations could also be patriotic...

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 over the years featured dances, carnivals, and jazz concerts, drawing...

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 organizing George Washington Birthday celebrations shortly after its 1842 founding. ...