On Display: the Photographs of Alice Driver

Hutchins Library invites you to visit by an exhibit of Alice Driver’s photographic work that is now on display at the entrance of the Library.

The artist taking photographs

Alice Driver, at work

Alice Driver is a Berea College alum who will be presenting this evening, at Mundo Monday at 6pm, as well as at Peanut Butter and Gender this Wednesday the 25th at noon.

Alice’s book, More or Less Dead: Feminicide, Haunting, and the Ethics of Representation in Mexico, is being published by the University of Arizona Press next month. The library has ordered copies for its collection and will make them available as soon as possible.

The exhibit was curated by Rachel Burnside.

A Flyer about Alice Driver's Upcoming Presentation

A Flyer about Alice Driver’s Upcoming Presentation

END IT : Shine a Light on Slavery

The END IT Movement's logo

The END IT Movement’s logo

People Who Care, Berea College’s student-led, social justice community service program based out of CELTS, is working to raise awareness about human trafficking and modern-day slavery this month by participating in the END IT movement. END IT is a coalition of organizations who are fighting for freedom from human slavery and trafficking through awareness-raising, prevention, rescue, and restoration. As a part of People Who Care’s campaign to educate our local community, they have created a display at Hutchins Library, located near the vending area on the main floor.

Why? According to People Who Care representative Keisha Morgan:

There are around 27,000,000 people trapped in modern slavery around the world and lots of people do not know this problem still exists. It is our goal to educate students on campus about this issue. We would like to work together in constructing a library display to run through the remainder of January that showcases books, facts, and other information about human trafficking to help educate our campus.

Stop by the display to learn more about the problem of human slavery. Books and DVDs on display are available for check-out.


Do you want to learn more about the END IT movement? Check out the links below:





Art History

The next time you are in Hutchins Library, check out the new Art History display, located in the study area to the right of the printers in the Reference Area.

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Reference Student Abby Houston curated this display to share her major as well as to help students know where to find high quality images within our library and online databases.

A lot can be learned by studying art from the past. Art doesn’t just provide us with aesthetic pleasure, but it clues us into the culture that produced it. By studying its materials, iconography, color, symbolism, function, style, and technique, we can expand our knowledge of that culture and learn what role a certain piece of art held within it. Art has been around since the beginning of time and is something that connects all cultures from every time period, even today.

“By looking at what has been done before, we gather knowledge and inspiration that contribute to how we speak, feel, and view the world around us.” – the Metropolitan Museum

This display shows 20 books filled with images and information that can be found in the collection of our library. Some of the books shown above are about: Impressionism, African art, Italian Renaissance art, Pablo Picasso, Celtic art, German Expressionism, Roman art, Egyptian art, Modern Chinese art, and others. Feel free to scan through their pages and experience a wide range of art- you can even check them out!

Whether your major or minor is in art, you simply have an interest in it, you need an image for your paper, or you need to kill some time, this display lays out the kind of resources Hutchins Library has to offer. In the circulating print collection upstairs, there are thousands of books about different art movements, artists, and time periods that all contain high-resolution images you can flip through and look at or scan onto a flash drive to use for your own research. In our A-Z electronic sources list is a database titled “ARTstor” that is dedicated only to images of artworks; ranging from Michelangelo’s David to King Tut’s mask to Japanese prints. To access these images, you type in an artist or title and search.

Check out these art books by searching in our library catalog: http://libraryguides.berea.edu/

Explore ARTstor: http://www.artstor.org/index.shtml

If you’re off campus, use this link and log in with your Berea username and password: http://libraryguides.berea.edu/ARTStor


International Berea

The next time you are in Hutchins Library, check out our newest display ‘International Berea’, located above the printers near the Educational Technology Help Desk.

International Berea
Reference student Megi Papiashvili curated the display and wrote the following piece on the history of International Students at Berea College:

International Education has been a very crucial part of Berea College’s history. “From its historical beginning as the first coeducational school in the South, Berea has been a pioneer in establishing an environment that fosters learning for, and about, all people of the earth.” Each year, the college accepts approximately 33 international students to help them develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes needed for responsible participation in the global society. International students add diversity to this college, which also enriches the experience of other students on campus. By having such a strong global presence, Berea College students gain knowledge of world cultures; they examine the nature of cultural differences and national or regional conflicts and problems. All these help them understand the historical, cultural, and political relationships among different peoples which often reinforces their sense tolerance and empathy.

As other institutions of the college, Hutchins Library continues to be very welcoming towards international students. The current display on the main floor of the library is dedicated to celebrate the diversity at Berea College. The display provides information about the very first international student of Berea College, Noble Hill. He came from Canada in 1879, but because of interruptions due to his own and his father’s illness, his graduation was delayed until 1893. After his graduation from Berea he began teaching in Woodstock as a head-master of Todd School for Boys, a work he carried on for forty years. “I owe her [Berea’s early history] a debt I can never hope to repay.” Noble Hill, ’93

Berea College has played and continues to play an extremely important role in many international students’ lives, and William Gyude Moore is one of its successful (international) alumni. “Mr. Moore, a native of Maryland County, in the southeastern-most cape of Liberia, came to Berea College in 2002 to obtain his Bachelor’s degree. For the past two years, Moore has served as Deputy Chief of Staff/Head of the Program Delivery Unit in the Executive Office of the President of Liberia. From 2009 until 2012, he was Senior Aide in the Office of the President of Liberia. The president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has appointed him as one of her cabinet-level ministers. Moore will head his country’s Public Works Ministry which operates infrastructure programs with the largest allotment in the Liberian national budget.”

Berea College will continue to welcome students from different parts of the world, to help them succeed in their lives, and also to enrich the educational environment on campus.

In Honor of Veteran’s Day, We Celebrate Colonel Arthur Thomas Finney

Official Air Force Portrait of Colonel A. Thomas Finney

Arthur Thomas Finney was born in Canmer, Kentucky.  He graduated from Berea College in 1948 with a B.S. in Business Administration.  He was also a volunteer fireman on campus.  After graduation he joined the Air Force.  In July 1966, as a Squadron Commander, he led a flight of F-104 Starfighters to Udorn Royal Thai Air Base in Thailand for deployment to the Vietnam War.  On August 1, 1966, on his third mission, he was shot down near Hanoi.  Colonel Finney was listed as Missing-in-Action until 1985, when his remains were returned.


Arthur Thomas Finney was born June 26, 1928, to A.C. Finney and Elizabeth Pearl Finney.  He was from Canmer, Hart County, Kentucky.  He attended Memorial High School in Hardyville, Kentucky.  He came to Berea at the age of 15 in 1944.  He went through the Lower Division and took Summer School until he entered the Upper Division in 1946.  He graduated in 1948 with a B.S. in Business Administration.  While at Berea he was a member of the Berea Players, the YMCA Cabinet, the Economics and Business Club, and the “B” Club.  In varsity athletics he competed in tennis, track, and Cross Country.

According to the Berea Citizen, Finney’s schoolmates remembered him for his talent on the piano, which he often played.  He worked for the Chimes as his labor position at the college.  He also served as student chief of the Berea College Fire Department.

After Finney graduated, he joined the Air Force and began training to be a pilot.  He went to Texas for training and then to Nevada for more pilot training.  He learned to fly the P-51 Mustang, the T-33 jet trainer, the F-80 Shooting Star, and then the F-86 Sabre, which he flew in 101 missions in the Korean War.  At that time he and his family were living on the Luke Air Force Base in Arizona.  Later he moved to Texas, where he did an exchange duty with the US Navy working off the USS Kearsage, flying Navy Cougar and Panter jets.  In 1961 he went to Virginia, where he worked at the Pentagon.  From 1962 through 1965 he was stationed in Australia, as Assistant Air Attache at the US Embassy.  There, as an Air Force major and a diplomat, he met Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip.  Then he returned to the United States.  At George Air Force Base in Victorville, California, he became Squadron Commander of the 476th Tactical Fighter Squadron and flew the F-104 Starfighter.  In July 1966 he left for Vietnam from the Udorn Air Base in Thailand.

On his third mission in Vietnam, on August 1, 1966, he was hit by a SAM missile about forty miles from Hanoi.  His wingman saw him eject and said that he had a good parachute.  This was the last time he was seen, and he was listed as missing in action.  When the prisoners of war were released in 1973, Finney was not among them, and no POW recalled him.  His wife Peggy had his status changed to killed in action in 1974, and she and her two children moved to Las Vegas.  She passed away in 1981 without any specific knowledge of what happened to him.

In 1985 the Air Force contacted Finney’s eldest son to inform him that the North Vietnamese were releasing 26 sets of remains, and Finney’s were among them.  The US Army laboratory in Hawaii confirmed the identification.  His family conducted a small service for him in Las Vegas, where he was buried next to his wife.  Full military honors were given, with an Honor Guard, a 21-gun salute, and a “Missing Man” flyover.  His eldest son delivered his eulogy.  Finney had been an excellent pilot, with 4,900 hours of flying time on 36 different Air Force and Navy aircraft.

A plaque commemorates Col. Finney at his high school.  There is another plaque on a tree in Victorville and a cross in the Berea Baptist Church.  Finney received many medals and awards, including the Silver Star.  Peggy had a marker placed where he first learned to fly in Nevada.  Finney was promoted to full Colonel after his death, and his family received a letter from President Ronald Reagan.  The United States flag flew over the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. for a day in his honor.

Written by K. Olivia Meszaros, Edited by Jaime Bradley

Berea College Mountain Day

Mountain Day is an annual event organized by Berea College during every fall semester.  On Mountain Day, all classes are dismissed and the labor is cancelled, except for essential labor such as Food Service, Hospital, Boone Tavern, and Public Safety.  Mountain Day celebrates the nature and the environment surrounding us, especially exploring the Appalachian culture and the mountain people of the region.   Mountain Day celebration serves as an example of Berea’s mission “to serve the mountains of Appalachia and to preserve the area’s heritage.”


The first Mountain Day was held in 1875; yet, the event was first mentioned in the 1907 edition of the College Catalog as an ‘excursion.’  There are no records of the official ‘statement of purpose’ of the Mountain Day; however, it is believed that the nature of Mountain Day was to:

  1. provide an opportunity for alumni to visit the campus and their former teachers and friends,
  2. to provide sanctioned social excursion for students,
  3. to enjoy the Fall color and other natural wonders in immediate vicinity, and
  4. to provide a campus holiday free of classes and non-essential labor (in an e-mail to Shannon Wilson from John Cook).

Mountain Day was traditionally celebrated on the third Monday of the fall term.  If the weather conditions on the designated date were not satisfactory for the celebration of the event, then the event would be cancelled and postponed to the same day of the next week.  If the weather did not improve by the next week, then the event would be omitted for the school year.  Every year a booklet was published that announced the date of Mountain Day and which listed all of the activities, rules and the schedule of performances.  The booklet encouraged professors to not schedule examinations or tests on the day before or after Mountain Day, in order to provide students equal opportunity to enjoy their day off exploring nature, the Appalachian Mountains and local culture.

Throughout the twentieth century there were various changes and additions to the celebration of Mountain Day.  In the early years of celebrating Mountain Day, students would dress up and hike up the mountain.  Eventually, the dress code became less formal and more casual.  Originally students had to sign up by Tuesday before Mountain Day at the Alumni Building in order to participate in the celebrations.  There were wagon trucks that transported the students to the Indian Fort Mountain, and the transportation fee consisted of five cents for women and fifteen cents for men.  The students had excursions to the Pinnacles with their departments, and the college’s administration highly discouraged “wandering alone” or in a group of less than twenty people.  Additionally, female students and male students were expected to hike in separate groups, and if any male student wished to accompany a young woman of another department, then he had to ask for permission from the Department Deans.  It is possible that these restrictions led to the decline in the popularity of Mountain Day; at one point, participation fell to forty to forty-five percent.  In response, the College organized a group of leaders, each of whom were willing to lead a minimum of thirty students through the wilds of Indian Fort Mountain, in order to increase the participation level of the students to at least ninety per cent.

For several years, starting a few years before the Second World War, Berea had three Mountain Days on consecutive weekends because of large student enrollment.  Approximately 1700 students were divided into groups, called the foundation group, the upper division college group, and the lower division college group.  There were contests amongst various groups or organizations of the college.  There were teams of eight students, who represented their particular organization, such as the college’s County Dancers as well as all the athletic teams, who competed for a 300 dollar prize.  The team that had the fastest time climbing up the mountain received the prize.  Students of the “Get Moving Berea College Program” also participated in this contest, but they were simply awarded bonus points.

On Mountain Day, the College chimes played either “She’ll be comin’ round the Mountain” or “Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head” at six o’clock in the morning to kick off the holiday.


Berea College usually celebrates Mountain Day on a Wednesday in October.  The celebration of Mountain Day involves hiking up the Indian Fort Mountain, which is located within the seven thousand acres of College’s forest territory.  Students are encouraged to hike up to the East Pinnacle before the sunrise, in order to greet the sunrise atop the mountain.  In recent years, it has been a tradition for several college organizations or clubs, such as the Berea College Choir and the Country Dancers to sing or perform dances respectively upon the rise of the Sun. Mountain Day activities and contests are organized and coordinated by the Department of Campus Activities or Campus Life.  Most of the Berea College’s dance, music and choir groups perform at the Mountain Day event.  Moreover, there are shuttle vans, as well as a hay ride, that transport students to the Indian Fort Mountain, running every half hour beginning eight in the morning until four in the afternoon. Many students choose to go camping the night before Mountain Day and camp out either at the West or at the East Pinnacle.

Dining Services provides lunch at the forest grounds.  Throughout the afternoon students and guests get to enjoy various snacks and treats, some of the most popular treats of which are kettle corn, cotton candy and drinks such as Ale-8.  Students get to enjoy Bluegrass music, watch dance performances, make bracelets, tie-dye T-shirts, etc.  In addition, there are various activities and contests in which students can challenge themselves and participate.  For instance, there are contests called “Pioneer games” which include activities such as log chopping, log tossing and crosscut saw competition, all of which uniquely represent the Appalachian culture.  Students can also test their skills in archery and participate in charity walkathons or scavenger hunt contests organized by some of the college organizations.  Mountain Day participants who hike up to the East Pinnacle and to the Eagles Nest challenge themselves by passing through the narrow passage between two rocks on the trail leading to the top called the “Fat Man’s Misery,” or the Devil’s Slide.

On the eve of the Mountain Day, there is a street dance on Main Street in front of the Boone Tavern Hotel. The street dance is organized and conducted by the Berea College Country Dancers and the Bluegrass Music Ensemble. The celebration has previously been sponsored by the Mountain Day Planning Committee, Sodexho Food Service, Campus Activities Board, Intramurals, the Agricultural Union, the Saddle Club, the Forestry Department, the Music Department and Campus life.


During the 1977 Mountain Day celebration, the sixth President of Berea College – Willis Weatherford Jr. – and the College Dean – William Ramsay – were “kidnapped” by a group of Berea College students. Some students were dressed as Native American Indians, and they asked for a ransom of sixty-three dollars. Then, students donated the ransom money to the United Community Fund of Madison County.

Previously, Mountain Day has been referred to as the “back to the land” movement, or as the “Rocktober Fest.” In 1912, Mountain Day was celebrated separately between two schools: the Foundation School and the College. In the mid-1940s, the College had even celebrated Mountain Day during the spring semester, as a Spring Mountain Day. Though it is hard to believe now, in the 1950s, one of the activity contests was tobacco spitting!


Berea College Alumnus. 57:3 Nov-Dec 1986, p.14

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“Climbing out of the classroom.” in Lexington Herald, Oct. 21, 2004.

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“Mountain Day festivities planned for Wednesday.” Berea Citizen, Oct 1, 1981.

“Coming Up The Mountain When They Come.” Lexington Herald, Oct 8, 1981.

“‘Trail of Years’: Berea College celebrates 130th MD” by Bill Robinson, Oct. 25, 2005.

The Wallpaper: weekly publication of the Berea College Student Association, Berea, KY, Sat. Oct 10, 1953.

Chapman, Dan. “Mountain Day 1982: Good, clean, (wet) fun.” The Pinnacle. Berea, Kentucky: Berea College. October 29, 1982.

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“Spring Mountain Day Comes Saturday.” Berea Citizen. April 21, 1949.

“Mountain Day.” Berea Citizen. October 8, 1914.

“Mountain Day: Climbing Indian Fort Mountains has become a tradition—and you can kiss your girl, too.” The Courier Journal. October 9, 1955.

Come Spend a Year with the St. John’s Bible

St. John's Bible Display September 24, 2014

Our display of the St. John’s Bible at the library is almost ready to go.

As you walk into Hutchins Library, you may have noticed work on a new display. There is a new wooden display case as you walk in. Banners are up now. The library is preparing to display Volume 6, “Gospels and Acts” of the Heritage Edition of the St. John’s Bible.

What is the St. John’s Bible?

In 1998, Saint John’s Abbey and University commissioned renowned calligrapher Donald Jackson to produce a handwritten, hand-illuminated Bible. This is an effort that has not been done in almost 500 years. However, it is not just the divine word or a work of art. It is also a work that dares to ask some very modern questions:

  • What if the Bible clearly depicts Adam and Eve, the first humans, as East African?
  • What if the views of Earth from space are borrowed from NASA’s Hubble Telescope?
  • What if the great religions of the world, in addition to Christianity, are referenced wherever possible?

Come explore the answers to those questions and more as you view and spend time with the St. John’s Bible at Hutchins Library.

The Event Details:

The event opens with a public showing at campus convocation on Thursday, September 25, 2014 at 3:00pm in Phelps-Stokes Chapel. The convocation features Tim Ternes speaking on “More Work Than We Knew, More Joy Than We Imagined.” He will describe the 13 year process of creating the first Biblical manuscript commissioned in more than 500 years. After September 25, the display will continue at Hutchins Library until May 15, 2015.

In addition to the display, the library and the college will host a variety of programs related to the St. John’s Bible throughout the campus and the community. Check out the activities calendar for details. Also, Hutchins Library Special Collections and Archives will feature an exhibit of other rare manuscripts, early printed Bibles, and sacred texts from the college’s collection.

An Event Open To All:

The Bible is a work with fans and detractors. Some see it as the Word of God. Others may see it as a great work of literature and storytelling. Others yet may see it as words often misused and misrepresented, a work partly responsible for historic challenges including slavery, conflict and war, and enabling human exploitation of the planet and other people. Whatever your view, this is an exhibit for all, religious and non-religious. Join us and come see what the St. John’s Bible has to say to you.

The convocation on September 25, 2014 is free and open to the public.

The display at Hutchins Library can be viewed during the library’s regular hours.

“A Year with the St. John’s Bible” at Berea College is made possible through a partnership between Hutchins Library and the Campus Christian Center. with support from the Art, General Studies, History, and Religion programs.

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