Whittier Field Achieves National Historic Status

Hubbard Grandstand (circa 1910)

Class of 1903 Gateway

Bowdoin’s Whittier Field Athletic Complex has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places. According to Kirk F. Mohney of the Maine Historic Preservation Commission, it was entered into the register on June 26, 2017. The complex consists of Whittier Field itself, built in 1896, the Hubbard Grandstand (1904) and the Class of 1903 Memorial Gate (1928).

“The grouping of the three major components,” said the Commission on its website, “creates an identifiable historic district at the local level.” Construction of Whittier Field, considered one of the most storied football venues in the nation, began seven years after Bowdoin’s first inter-collegiate football game against Tufts in 1889. Competitive sports were expanding across the nation at that time, and had developed in popularity to the point where grandstands and stadiums were needed for spectators.

Earlier this year, Bowdoin announced plans to renovate Whittier Field and Magee Samuelson Track in a two-phase project. The initial $4.5-million phase began in early May 2017 and is on track to be completed in September, 2017.


Bowdoin Basketballer Returns to Israel to Represent US in ‘Jewish Olympics’ (Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Ally Silfen ’17

Former basketball forward Ally Silfen ’17 is among thousands of athletes gathering in Israel for the 20th Maccabiah Games, known unofficially as the Jewish Olympics. Joining Silfen in Israel is fellow basketball player Danny Janel, a graduate of Connecticut College.

According to an article in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, the two first met when they competed at the last Maccabiah games in 2013—that’s when they fell in love. Silfen and Janel are one of at least ten couples who have been brought together by the game, reports the JTA. The event runs through July 18.