Happy Friday! It is an exciting time here at Historypin, and we have many projects in the works to help better facilitate the sharing of the great histories and memories that you are contributing. Here are some of the week’s favourites:
Pin of the Week
Pin of the Week comes from the Occidental College Archives, with this fabulous action shot of women playing baseball in 1900. Despite the long skirts, they appear to be having a great time. I imagine this as a scene from a 1900′s-era League of Their Own, without the crying of course.
Occidental College was founded on April 20, 1887, by a group of Presbyterian clergy, missionaries, and laymen; the first term began with 27 men and 13 women students. Twelve years after the above picture was taken, Occidental President John Willis Baer announced the decision to make “Oxy” an all-men’s school. However, students protested and the campus retained its co-ed population.
The College Archives were established in 1971 as a division of the Department of Special Collections in the Mary Norton Clapp Library, and serves as the institutional memory of the College. It documents the history of Occidental College by identifying, collecting, preserving and providing access to records by and about the College. Check out their Channel for more great memories like the one above!
Pinner of the Week
Pinner of the Week is Arxiu Cultural de Deltebre (The Cultural Archive of Tortosa), a project of the municipality of Deltebre in Spain. Deltebre, in the province of Tarragona and by the Ebre River, was conquered by foreign invaders in 1148 during the Second Crusade; since this time it preserves significant examples of medieval, Renaissance, baroque and modernist architecture. The collaboration between Arxiu Cultural de Deltebre and Tirant lo Rall (cultural heritage center for the Ebro Delta) is an effort to build a greater appreciation for Deltebre’s local heritage, with many images from the second-half of the twentieth century. It is great to see local projects emerge from all over the world utilising Historypin to raise awareness for local heritage and history.
To view more images, visit their Channel here.
Story of the Week
With the recent US Presidential elections only shortly-passed, Story of the Week is about a lady who finally got the right to vote at the age of ninety-one. From HPHSArchivist, the photos depict Mary Brand, born in 1825, voting on a limited ballot on November, 7 1916 in Highland Park, Illinois. An emigrant from Alsace, France, Brand and her family became important figures in Highland Park society.
Although in 1916 Brand is only voting on a limited ballot, one can only imagine the feeling of participating in such an important milestone in women’s history-at ninety-one! Surrounded by family, she is affectionally called ‘Grandma Brand.’ She died in January 1921 — just a few months after the 19th Amendment’s passage gave women the right to vote in all United States elections.