Winter Break Closure, December 23, 2017-January 1, 2018

Special Collections & Archives will be closed December 23, 2017-January 1st, 2018, for Wright State University’s winter break.

The reading room will re-open Tuesday, January 2, 2017, at 8:30 a.m. The hours for the week of January 2-5, 2017, will be 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

While the office may be closed, our web site (including collection guides), blogs, and digital collections on CORE Scholar are available 24/7/365.

SC&A would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday season!

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Giving Tuesday 2017: Discover Your Story Campaign

The Discover Your Story Campaign was recently launched to raise funds to move Special Collections & Archives into a larger facility with more space and a climate controlled environment to protect and preserve our world-renowned collections for future generations. Today is Giving Tuesday 2017, so please take a few moments to read about the campaign and the exciting plans for the Archives and consider giving. Thank you!

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Thanksgiving, November 29, 1917

On Thanksgiving Day, November 29, 1917,  World War I was raging in Europe. U.S. troops were serving in France or undergoing training here at home in preparation for duty overseas. On Thanksgiving Day, despite the War, soldiers and civilians alike still sat down for the traditional turkey and pumpkin pie.

Soldiers of the 322nd Field Artillery, comprised of  men from Montgomery and Preble Counties, would spend Thanksgiving at Camp Sherman near Chillicothe, Ohio. According to the History of the 322d Field Artillery, the Thanksgiving menu for Battery F included: celery, radishes, pickles, wafers, roast turkey, cranberry sauce, dressing, giblet gravy, scalloped oysters, mashed potatoes, candied sweets, creamed peas, pumpkin pie, mince pie, ice cream, vanilla cake, coffee, oranges, apples, mints, cigars and cigarettes (p. 24-25). The meal, as the author wrote, proved “army food is worthwhile occasionally.”

“Morn mess on hike from the Range to Camp Sherman. 3rd OTC Mar’ 18” (ms100_02_21_01)

Here in the Miami Valley the Dayton Weather Bureau reported a cloudy day with climbing temperatures from a low of 36 in the early morning hours to a high of 50 degrees at 8 p.m. Sunset on November 29, 1917, was 4:13p.m. In the notes section of the Bureau report the following description was written:

“The sun shone dimly through the clouds and breaks in clouds for more than an hour about noon, and from 11 to 12 noon there were 9/10 clouds.”

Daytonian Joseph Graham Crane Schenck, Sr., would start the cool, cloudy morning with, what many of us traveling over the holidays fear the most, car trouble. He then described his afternoon meal as simply “turkey, pumpkin pie, etc.”

Diary entry for November 29, 1917 (MS-284, box 1, file 5)

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