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Today's Presidential Spotlight: James Creese

James Creese (1896-1966) presided over the Drexel Institute of Technology from December 1945 to September 1963 -- Drexel's second-longest serving president.

~Shaun Kirkpatrick

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Today's Presidential Spotlight: George Rea

George Peters Rea (1894-1978) presided over Drexel Institute of Technology from August 1, 1942, to August 31, 1944, during the worst years of World War II.

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Today's Presidential Spotlight: Parke Kolbe

Doctor Parke Rexford Kolbe (1881-1942) served as president of Drexel Institute from 1932 until his death in February 1942, guiding the school through the Great Depression and the start of World War II.

~ Shaun Kirkpatrick

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Reception for the Presidential Exhibition in Three Weeks!

Please make plans to attend a reception for the exhibition “The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel,” currently on display in the W.W. Hagerty Library (33rd and Market Streets). The reception will take place on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, from 4 to 6 p.m.

Today's Presidential Spotlight: Hollis Godfrey

Hollis Godfrey (1874-1936) served as president of the Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry from December 1, 1913, to October 1, 1921, transforming it into a formal collegiate institution.

~Shaun Kirkpatrick

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Today's Presidential Spotlight: James MacAlister

Anthony J. Drexel and business partner George W. Childs selected Philadelphia public school superintendent James MacAlister (1840-1913) as the first president of their new Drexel Institute of Art, Science, and Industry.  MacAlister oversaw the institute from its dedication on Dec.

Come see a new exhibition in the lower level in Hagerty!

Visiting Hagerty Library?  A new display in the continuing series of exhibitions to highlight Drexel University’s Archives and Special Collections is now up!

The Past Personified: a Presidential History of Drexel

The exhibition, curated by Shaun Kirkpatrick, features photographs and documents pertaining to the lives of Drexel's ten full-time occupants in the office of President.  Providing biographical information about each President as well as noting the fundamental changes instituted under their leadership.

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Parsing Inaugural Words

The New York Times has an interesting web feature up right now that presents a timeline of all of the presidential Inaugural addresses from 1789 on.  While that is pretty useful in itself, this site is particularly interesting because it shows you a tag cloud of the frequently used words in each speech.  It's a great way to quickly survey the changing language and themes.

The page is available here: Inaugural Words: 1789 to the Present.

"Industrial Science in Relation to Full Employment"

by Cheryl Klimaszewski

To browse the records of the Office of the President during the tenure of Dr. James Creese is to gain an understanding of the Institute’s place in the world as much as it is a view to the development of the Institute itself. Creese sat on the boards of many prominent local institutions and served on numerous government committees at both the state and local levels. On January 11, 1961, Creese presented a statement before the Joint Committee on Unemployment of the Senate and House of Representatives of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

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