Happy Birthday, Bowdoin: College to Celebrate 223 Years

The signature of Massachusetts Governor Samuel Adams on the charter of Bowdoin College

This Saturday will be Bowdoin’s 223rd birthday. It was on June 24, 1794, the charter for a new college in Maine was adopted by an Act of the General Court of Massachusetts — the District of Maine being a part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in those days.

A bill titled “An Act to Establish a College in the Town of Brunswick, in the District of Maine, within this Commonwealth” was passed by both houses of the General Court of Massachusetts.

The Act ordered that “there be Erected and Established in the Town of Brunswick in the District of Maine, a College for the Purpose of educating Youth, to be called Bowdoin College.”

The charter was signed by a gunpowder-producing merchant and founder of Phillips Academy (President of the Senate Samuel Phillips Jr.), by the great-great-grandfather of President Franklin Delano Roosevelt (Speaker of the House Edward Hutchinson Robbins), and by a brewer-turned-rabble-rousing patriot and Founding Father of America (Governor Samuel Adams).

Exactly 216 years later, the timeline of Bowdoin College is a fascinating journey through the history of America and American higher education.

President Rose Shares ‘Full Power of the Common Good’ on Instagram

President Clayton Rose visited Broadway Housing Communities, spending time with founder Ellen Baxter ’75, H’05, company CFO Mary Ann Vilari ’75, and BHC board member Roman Jackson ’07 in New York Monday, commemorating his impressions with a post on his Instagram account.

Today was a day to witness the full power of the Common Good and to spend time with some amazing alums. I visited Broadway Housing Communities’ Sugar Hill project. BHC was founded and is run by Ellen Baxter ’75 H ’05 (center), a remarkable person who has dedicated herself to helping those individuals and families in New York who are in the most difficult economic situations, and what she has created works! Check out BHC and Sugar Hill at www.bhc.org. Mary Ann Villari ’75 (second from the left) is BHC’s CFO and has been working with Ellen for about 15 years. Both Ellen and Mary Ann have been awarded our Common Good Award. On the left is Roman Jackson ’07, who works for the philanthropic arm of JP Morgan Chase and sits on the board of BHC. There are a number of other Polar Bears who have been or are currently involved with BHC. Finally, on the right, is the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Story Telling artist-in-residence, Derek Fordjour. His art is amazing, as is his passion for engaging with the kids. #bowdoin

Arctic Museum Participates in #MuseumWeek on Social Media

This week, June 19-25, 2017, the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum is participating in #MuseumWeek.

A UNESCO project, #MuseumWeek was the first worldwide cultural event to take place exclusively on social media. #MuseumWeek provides cultural institutions an exciting platform to digitally share their collections and extend their reach to an international audience. This year, museums, galleries, libraries, and archives around the world unite for the cause of gender equality under the week-long theme: A Tribute to Women, with the hashtag #WomenMW. Read more in Bowdoin News.

Museum of Art Presents ‘The Ivory Mirror’ with Opening Lecture and Reception June 24

“Office of the Dead, Book of Hours,” beginning of the 16th century, parchment by an unknown artist, France. The Huntington Library, San Marino, California

Stephen Perkinson, Peter M. Small Associate Professor of Art History and guest curator, delivers the  keynote address, “Lessons for Living: The Macabre in Renaissance Art” to open the Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition The Ivory Mirror: The Art of Mortality in Renaissance Europe

Perkinson’s talk, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 4 p.m., Saturday, June 24, 2017, and will be followed by a reception on the Museum steps at 5 p.m.

This major exhibition explores the rich visual culture of mortality in Renaissance Europe. Exquisite artworks — from ivory prayer beads to gem-encrusted jewelry — evoke life’s preciousness and the tension between pleasure and responsibility, then and now. Refreshments will be served and family activities will be led by Bowdoin College students.