History Program to Talk 1920s Kent

Kent Historical Society putting on program with Kent State students at Masonic Temple

The Kent Historical Society will host a special “All About Kent” event, presented by Kent State University graduate students in the school’s public history program.

The program, “Kent in the 1920s,” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Masonic Temple, which is located at West Main and South Mantua streets. The house is the former home of Kent namesake Marvin Kent and his family.

Professors John Jameson and Helmut Flacheneckar led the course this fall that will culminate in the presentation of nine speakers covering various aspects of Kent’s history that have been researched during the semester. Flacheneckar will discuss “Kent in 1918, its hopes and dreams after WWI as reflected in the Kent Tribune” and Jameson’s topic is “Politics of the day in the U.S. and Ohio.” Flacheneckar, Ph.D., is visiting Kent from the University of Wurzburg, Germany, as part of an exchange program between the two universities.

Students will present their research on a variety of topics including: “The War and after from a woman’s perspective;” “Coterie; A growing City – Industrial dreams and the reality: Rotary;” “Who married whom? What wedding announcements tell us;” “Italian immigrants in Kent: the Christopher Columbus Society;” and” A violin and its story: entertainment in Kent.”

Record-Courier Editor Roger Di Paolo will discuss 1920s civic boosterism and KHS Director Tom Hatch will speak about social life conserved in a museum: KHS and the Clapp Woodward House.

Speakers also will have several visuals as part of their presentations.

cedar farris December 10, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Gosh I found this too late. Any chance of repeating later in January or beyond??? Yes if you make it an online thing (not as good as getting to go to the Masonic Temple please let people know. Like w/ a prominent Patch headline, on the Standing Rock Cultural Center FB page, the I heart kent FB page & Kent Historical Society FB page, whatever KSU has available..maybe a few coffee House FB pages...The little towns around Kent...the Library. Thanks, I would "share" that.
Pat December 15, 2012 at 01:24 PM
I attended and I was appauled by the speakers. Part of them spoke broken English and I had a hard time understanding them. They were not in tuned with the actual old Italian families who formed the "South End" and many of the old names were not mentioned. I would think they could find better students and maybe American students could have done a better job!
Sandra Halem December 15, 2012 at 11:22 PM
Dear Pat -- I would be delighted to show you around the Historical Society archives so you can read the Italian minutes of the Christopher Columbus Society by people brought here for a better life -- they spoke no English -- and were discriminated by people in our own Kent community because of their accent and culture who believed they were not "American" enough. The Historical Society honors all who wish to learn about our history. We understand that the only way to combat ignorance and xenophobia is to become educated. Call me and I will give you a private tour so you can spend as many hours as those students did to learn. Sandy Halem, President Kent Historical Society Board of Trustees
Laurel Myers Hurst December 16, 2012 at 12:53 AM
Sandra: You are brilliant. I would not have known what to say. LH
Kasha Legeza December 16, 2012 at 09:10 AM
I applaud the Kent State grad students who bravely presented their research to an unexpectedly large audience at last week's KHS event -- with extra kudos to those for whom English is a second language! One of the top reasons I made Kent my "forever home" is its cultural and social diversity. Because of the many Kent State international students and faculty members who call Kent their (temporary or permanent) home, my son was fortunate to befriend children from around the world throughout his 12 years in Kent City Schools. I wish I had had that experience growing up! In the words of Kofi Annan, "We may have different religions, different languages, different colored skin, but we all belong to one human race."


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