Dr. Christian R. Holmes, The Cincinnati General Hospital, and the Surgical Amphitheater

By: Nathan Hood

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Portrait of Dr. Christian R. Holmes that hung in the General Hospital’s Administration building for many years. This photo serves as a link to the blog, “Major Christian R. Holmes’ Involvement at Camp Sherman.”

 Dr. Christian R. Holmes is credited with numerous contributions not only to science and medicine in general, but also to medical education. Indeed, he is remembered not only for his expertise in Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology, but also for his profound influence on the history of the University of Cincinnati’s Medical College and it’s collaboration with the surrounding municipal hospitals – Cincinnati’s General Hospital in particular. For this reason, some unhesitatingly compare him to the famed Dr. Daniel Drake who first established the Medical College and soon after more-or-less effectuated the creation of the Cincinnati General Hospital’s institutional with the intention of their collaboration.

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Panel Discussion on Author Harper Lee

panelClermont County Public Library and the Clermont College Library are joining forces in a panel discussion of To Kill a Mockingbird.

Entitled “Harper Lee, Scout, and a Mockingbird: A Look at One of the Most Endearing Characters in Literature,” this panel discussion will start at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 28 in Room S142 at UC Clermont College. Join us for a discussion about the literary classic To Kill A Mockingbird. Panelists will discuss: a biography of the author Harper Lee, the book and its historical context, the movie and the new book, Go Set a Watchman, to be released on July 14.

For more information, call the Batavia Branch Library at 732-2128 or visit the event’s Facebook page. For ages 12 and up.

Making Music (Videos) in the STRC

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UC students are using the green room and equipment available in the STRC to film a music video as part of a class assignment.

Sarah, Melanie, Lauren and Heather, students in the course “Time Design 2,” a graphic arts class in the College of Design, Architecture, Art & Planning, were assigned to make a music video for a local band called Little Lights.

The Student Technology Resources Center (STRC), located on the fourth floor of Langsam Library, is a student-centered service area designed to provide instructional technology resources, assistance, technology and equipment to students working on course assignments.

View videos produced in the STRC on their YouTube channel.

The STRC is funded in part by Information and Technology Instructional Equipment fees.



Major Christian R. Holmes’ Involvement at Camp Sherman

By Nathan Hood

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Major Christian R. Holmes (1917). This photograph serves as a link to the finding aid for the Winkler Center’s
Christian R. Holmes Collection.

On June 8, 1917 – practically two months after the United States’ declaration of war on April 7, 1917 – Chillicothe, Ohio, was selected as the one of sixteen sites for the construction of military training camps. Workers began building Camp Sherman there in late June on a large expanse of farmland in the Scioto Valley. This land was purchased by the United States government with the help of local business owners. The size and scope of Camp Sherman expanded exponentially and the massive convergence of laborers and soldiers at Camp Sherman brought economic prosperity to the surrounding community, arguably transforming the Ross County area. Chillicothe’s population grew from a 16,000 to over 55,000 – numerous new homes and businesses were built and established.

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Sixth Annual Cecil Striker Society Lecture Now Streaming

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Cincinnati General Hospital Administration Building Entrance, Burnet Avenue.
Both the lecture and correlating display discuss the history of public hospitals primarily through the lens of Cincinnati General Hospital, which is currently celebrating its 100th anniversary at the Burnet campus.

On May 19th, the Henry R. Winkler Center held its sixth annual Cecil Striker Society Lecture entitled “The History of Public Hospitals: Cornerstone of American Healthcare” presented by Dr. Dale C. Smith, Professor of Military Medicine and History in the Department of Military and Emergency Medicine, F. Edward Hébert School of Medicine, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, Bethesda, Maryland.

Welcoming remarks and acknowledgements were given by Marianne Ivey, Pharm.D., M.P.H., Chair, Winkler Center Advisory Board, and Lee Ann Liska, President and CEO of University of Cincinnati Medical Center.

The presentation is now streaming at this link. To schedule an appointment to view the correlating display for the lecture in our Stanley J. Lucas Board Room, featuring many original photographs and artifacts from the Cincinnati General Hospital collection, please call 513-558-5120 or email chhp@uc.edu.

New wireless display for collaboration, CEAS Library

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Wireless display monitor in Baldwin 850F study room

The CEAS Library, 850 Baldwin Hall, now has a large display screen available for wireless projection in group study room 850F.  Using a touch panel, choose from several options to project from your personal device:

  • Apple TV – MAC, iOS devices
  • AirMedia – PC, Android, MAC, iOS devices (does not support streaming video)
  • Miracast – Android, PC devices (does support streaming video)

Study room 850F seats up to 3 people comfortably, and it can be reserved in advance.  Enjoy!

Magnifying the Past: The “Alsfelder” Faculty Caricatures

By Nathan Hood

Dr. Cecil Striker

Cecil Striker, M.D. This photograph serves as a link to the finding aid for the Winkler Center’s collection on Dr. Cecil Striker.

Dr. Cecil Striker earned his Bachelor of Science degree in 1919 and then his Doctor of Medicine in 1921 – both from the University of Cincinnati. He began an internship at the Cincinnati General Hospital in 1921, eventually becoming a resident in 1922. He also completed a residency at the Jewish Hospital and was Chief Resident there from 1923 to 1924. He joined the Jewish Hospital medical staff in 1925 and served as President of Staff from 1955 to 1956.

Dr. Striker’s extensive involvement with research on diabetes and insulin perhaps dominates the general perception of his career as a medical professional. However, Dr. Striker was also awfully enthusiastic about the history of medicine.

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Dean’s Corner: The Journey to Looking East

Hong Shen and Margo Taft Stever

“Looking East” authors Hong Shen and Margo Taft Stever

Late last month, UC Libraries celebrated the publication of the new English-language edition of Looking East: William Howard Taft and the 1905 U.S. Diplomatic Mission to Asia, The Photographs of Harry Fowler Woods.  This book, co-authored by Margo Taft Stever, James Taft Stever and Hong Shen, spotlights a little known but important historical event in U.S.-Asian relations.  The publication was commemorated with a book signing at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, as well as a donor event hosted by the library, which took place on the 400 level of Langsam Library.  These events provided UC Libraries with the opportunity to connect with the broader donor community, while celebrating an accomplishment three years in the making.

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