Through Russwurm’s Eyes: ‘The Conditions and Prospects of Haiti’

John B. Russwurm, the College’s first African-American graduate and the third African-American to graduate from an American college, delivered a Commencement address in 1826 that resonates nearly 184 years later.

The Great Confederate Snowball Fight (Mental Floss)

The snow has nearly vanished in Brunswick, but in January 1863, there was a lot of it around and things apparently got out of hand. After a number of soldiers in the First, Fourth, and Fifth Texas Infantries sustained injuries, Confederate General James Longstreet is said to have banned snowball fights among the troops. These were some of the same fellows who, six months later, would distinguish themselves in battle at Devil’s Den in Gettysburg—just down the hill from Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain’s 20th Maine.

The Bowdoin Boys in Labrador: An Online Exhibit

The Bowdoin Boys, a group of students and recent graduates who traveled to Labrador in the 1890s to collect artifacts, specimens, and to try to find Grand Falls, a waterfall deep in Labrador’s interior, are the subject of an online exhibition hosted by the Maine Historical Society’s Maine Memory Network. More…

Sills Notes, Horace Poetry Make Classic College Gift

The legacies of Roman lyric poet Horace and Kenneth “Casey” Sills, eighth president of Bowdoin, are intertwined in a gift — a book of poetry recently presented to the College by Richard Lyman ’57.