Happy 10th Birthday, Victor E. Tiger!

Today is Victor E. Tiger’s 10th birthday which will be celebrated at tonight’s game vs. Pittsburg State. The University Archives has a file folder full of drawings and pictures of former Tiger mascots.  Many different mascot versions had been used since 1914 when the basketball team first wore a tiger patch on their uniform. Victor E. Tiger became the first “official” mascot of the university in 2000.

1949 Tiger

1949 Tiger

1967 Tiger

1967 Tiger

1962 Tiger

1962 Tiger

Victor E. Tiger

Victor E. Tiger


Legislative War of 1893

117 years ago this month, the Kansas Legislative was embroiled in a “war” for control of the Kansas House of Representatives. Kansas had elected a Populist governor, Lorenzo Lewelling, who had been sworn into office in January, along with a Populist-dominated Senate. However, the Populist party claimed that the Republican majority in the House was fraudulent because of some disputable election returns. The governor recognized the Populist house on January 11, but neither side would give ground. Over the next month, the Republicans used the chamber in the morning and the Populists used it in the afternoon. As the session continued, tension escalated between the two groups.

On February 13, the Populists stayed overnight in the chamber and refused to let the Republicans enter the chamber when they arrived for their morning session on the 14th.  The Republicans met at the Copeland Hotel, and then marched to the capitol building where they entered the chamber by force after breaking the house chamber door. They stayed overnight, but because the Populist janitor had turned off the heat, it was pretty cold and uncomfortable for them.

Governor Lewelling had called for the militia, which was stationed outside the capitol. Soon after, both house factions agreed to meet separately until the matter was decided by the court. On February 25, the court decided in favor of the Republicans, which was to be expected, since there was a 2-1 Republican majority on the court.

Kansas Memory offers a wonderful resource of primary materials of this period – here are a few of the items dealing with the “Legislative War of 1893”:

  1. Points for Populists as to organizing the House of Representatives
  2. Memoranda on the Populist War – agreement that ended the standoff
  3. Lewelling’s Position
  4. The Douglass House or Republican members of the Kansas House of Representatives, during the Populist War – pictures of the members
  5. To the people of Kansas – Statement to the people of Kansas by the Kansas Republican House of Representatives
  6. Floyd Bull reminiscence – Mr. Bull, a member of the Kansas National Guard, recalls his involvement


It’s Complicated

Who knew a holiday could be so complicated?  Most of our calendars tell us that February 15, 2010 is Presidents’ Day.  The Federal Government says the official holiday name is Washington’s Birthday.  An article in the National Archives tells how Washington’s Birthday became known as Presidents’ Day and why it isn’t celebrated on February 22, Washington’s birthday.  Britannica Online has a shorter version of the story.  (This link may only work on campus) Some use the day to celebrate George Washington’s birthday, some use it to celebrate George Washington and Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, and still others use it to celebrate all the Presidents of the United States.  Wikipedia discusses the spelling and punctuation of Presidents Day. If all this too much for you, give your brain a break and go color in the US President Coloring Pictures and Reading Activities Interactive Online Presidents’ Day Color book.


Happy Valentine’s Day!

A lot of people think that Valentine’s Day will be the most romantic day of the year.  However, not every Valentine’s Day will be “perfect.”  If your big plans for Valentine’s Day have fizzled, don’t despair!  Plan something that you will enjoy doing that day.  Take yourself out to eat or go to a movie, match TV (the 2010 Winter Olympics is on), spend time with a family member or a friend, read a portion of “that book” that you’ve never had time to read, or watch “that video” you’ve always wanted to see.  You are a very special person so remember to take a few minutes or hours for yourself that day.  Enjoy!–J.A.S.

Websites Galore!

Have you every wished for a list of websites where you could find “just about everything you ever wanted to know” in one convenient place?  If so, your fairy godmother has not only one list for you–but two!  You’ll find these lists by clicking on “Find Other Resources” on Forsyth Library’s homepage.  Next, click on the link “Online Reference Books and Websites” or “Websites by Subject.”  Click on the name of the website and “Shazam!” your website magically appears.  You’ll find websites for major subjects taught on campus as well as numerous sites for reference sources.  You’ll discover that some websites will be more useful than others.–J.A.S.

Are you in the research Land of the Lost?

Can’t find the research material you need in Forsyth? Check out Interlibrary Loan.  If you are a faculty or staff member, or a student living in the Hays area, you can place a request by doing one of the following:

1). Locating the Interlibrary Loan request forms found on the department’s web page

2). Submitting an online book request through the WorldCat database

3). E-mailing a list of requests to iloan@fhsu.edu

OR, you can  .  .  . COME VISIT US!!

Interlibrary Loan is located on the main floor of Forsyth Library, room # 112.

E-Mail:  iloan@fhsu.edu

PH:  785-628-4351