The Great Herb Janick (1929-2018)

Dr. Herb Janick has sadly left us but he has also left his mark on this University in many ways, but one of his most important achievements was his help in the creation of a WCSU Archive. He understood that, like the axiom that all politics is local, all history is local; he dedicated himself to promoting student and public interest in the history that is all around us – not just in world capitals and battlefields far away. Dr. Janick knew that part of promoting interest in the local was through creating opportunities for engagement with primary sources. That meant the use of archives, museums, and historical societies but also the preservation of those institutions. Dr. Janick helped students engage with primary sources even after his retirement through his Janick Fellowship in Archives. Thank you to Dr. Janick and farewell.

“Rights of Freedom: African American Property Rights in the Antebellum South” – Feb 22, at 3 p.m. in Room 122 of White Hall

In recognition of Black History Month, the WCSU Department of History and the WCSU Archives will host historian Ryan Bachman for a discussion about “Rights of Freedom: African American Property Rights in the Antebellum South” Feb 22, at 3 p.m. in Room 122 of White Hall on the university’s Midtown campus, 181 White St. in Danbury. The talk will be free and the public is invited. For more information, call (203) 837-8484.

Vietnam Oral History Project

Check out Cody Clark and Alec Florio’s interviews with Vietnam veterans. Cody and and Alec conducted the interviews as part of their fall 2016 independent study for the History Department with advisor Dr. Marcy May. We plan to offer this project as a ready-made independent study for interested WestConn students. Speak to a faculty member of the History Department or Archivist Brian Stevens (stevensb[at] for details.

Click here to check it out.

Hidden Old Main online exhibit

While “Old Main” is WestConn’s oldest and probably most iconic building, its interior and uses have changed considerably over the last century. For many years it was the college’s only or main building (hence the name Old Main) and its original design answered the multiple needs that had to be met by a single facility.

This exhibit aims to bring to light some aspects of this building now no longer visible to most visitors.

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This project was undertaken by the 2015 Herb Janick Archives Fellow, Jon-Thomas Caprino, ’15.