Friday, September 19, 2014

Who was Gertrude Kistler?

By Emily Siegel '13

Take a break from the onslaught of new information to familiarize yourself with the Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library and consider some less serious information.  Get to know the girl for whom this building was named.

Gertrude Kistler was the daughter of Bertha and Sedgwick Kistler, two Pennsylvania natives. Born in 1908, Gertrude lived with her parents in Philadelphia while she attended St. Leonard’s Academy, a Holy Child school once located in West Philadelphia. During the summer of 1920, the family was struck with tragedy while on vacation sightseeing in the West. On July 7, 1920, the 12 year old Gertrude drowned in the fast flowing Merced River that runs through the valley of Yosemite National Park. H.J. Pink, the Los Angeles chauffer who was with her at the time, also lost his life in an attempt at her rescue.

                Less than 5 years after Gertrude’s death, Mr. and Mrs. Kistler reached out to Rosemont's president at the time, Mother Mary Ignatius Carroll, SHCJ, and shared their interest in memorializing their lost daughter by providing the campus with a new building. Their offer fit the campus’ growing need for an actual library facility, as the one located in Main Building was no longer large enough for the college’s growing collection. That same year the family announced their gift, a number of Gertrude’s St. Leonard’s classmates entered the college as freshman. The Kistlers turned personal tragedy into a gift for future generations. Remnants of Gertrude’s life can still be found around the library; her portrait and personal desk can be found in and near the Front Reading Room.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

New Journal Content Added to Project MUSE

Project MUSE has been expanding in recent months to bring you even more reliable, scholarly journals. Twenty-eight journals have been added to the collection over the past year, including:
Project MUSE has also added archival issues for several additional journals, with 5 of those titles now having their complete runs available in the database. These expanded titles include:
Project MUSE is a full-text collection of nearly 600 scholarly, peer reviewed journals in the arts, humanities, and social sciences from over 120 university presses and scholarly societies.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Summer Hours at the Library

The Library's hours during the summer months will be as follows:
  •  Sunday, June 8, through Saturday, August 9:
    • Monday-Thursday: 8:30AM - 6:00PM;
    • Friday - Sunday: CLOSED
  • Independence Day 
    • Friday, July 4, through Sunday, July 6: CLOSED
  • Sunday, August 10, through Saturday, August 16:
    • Monday-Friday: 8:30AM - 6:00PM;
    • Saturday-Sunday: CLOSED

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Library Hours for Finals

The Library's hours during Finals and up to Commencement are as follows:
Tuesday, April 29 - Friday, May 2: 8:30 AM - 2:00 AM;
Saturday, May 3: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM;
Sunday, May 4: 1:00 PM - 10:00 PM;
Monday, May 5 - Friday, May 9: 8:30 AM-6:00 PM;
Saturday, May 10: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM;
Sunday, May 11: CLOSED

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Library Hours for Easter

In observance of the Easter holiday, the Library hours will be adjusted as follows:

Wednesday, April 16 - Thursday, April 17: 8:30 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday, April 18 - Monday, April 21: CLOSED
Tuesday, April 22: 8:30 AM - 2:00 AM

Thursday, April 10, 2014

On Display: Kistler Family Serving Ware

The College has collected an assortment of serving ware over the years, including several tea sets, dishes, flatware, and serving pieces. The Kistler family donated many of their beautiful serving sets and other items to the College posthumously. The Kistler items are usually monogrammed with the initials "K" for Kistler or "BKK" for Bertha Kaul Kistler. A selection of items from this collection from the College Archives are currently on display on the first floor of Gertrude Kistler Memorial Library. Please stop by to see these beautiful pieces in person.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Art of Reading Photo Contest Extended to April 16

John Molocznik's winning photo from the Fall 2013 contest

Good news! The submission deadline for the Art of Reading Photo Contest has been extended to April 16. The contest is open to all current Rosemont students. Submit photos of yourself or others reading around campus. Be creative! Winning images will be displayed at the Library. All submissions will be added to the Rosemont College Archives digital photograph collection for posterity. Official rules and guidelines are listed below and are available at the Information Desk in the Library upon request.

Spring contest is open February 3 through April 16.

First Prize: $100

Second Prize: $25

Email high resolution .jpg images to Multiple entries are encouraged!

Questions? Contact Cathy Fennell or Kathleen Deeming

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Rules and Guidelines
Bi-Annual Photo Contest. Students are encouraged to submit images of themselves or others reading around campus. Prizes for Fall/Spring editions of the Photo Contest are $100 for 1st prize and $25 for 2nd prize. Contest open to all students. All submissions will be added to the Rosemont College Archive Digital Photograph Collection for posterity.

  1. Eligibility:  All current students of Rosemont College are invited to participate in the Art of Reading Photo Contest
  2. Dates:  The Art of Reading Photo Contest will be held once a semester during the 2013-2014 academic year. The Fall portion of the contest opens on September 19 and ends November 26. The Spring portion of the contest begins on February 3 and ends April 16. Late entries will not be considered eligible for awards.
  3. Judging:  Submissions will be judged based on style, execution, and relevance to the topic of literacy on campus. Judging is anonymous. The judging panel will consist of three library staff members.
  4. Awards:  First prize: $100. Runner up: $25. Winners will be notified via email. Winning images will be displayed in the library and on the library's website. All submissions will be admitted to the Rosemont College Archive Digital Photograph Collection.
  5. Conditions of Participation:  All submissions must be original content. By entering the contest you agree that the submitted photograph is of your creation and no other party can claim ownership. In addition to displaying the winning photographs, all entries may be posted on the library's webpage, social media sites (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, etc.) and subsequent material. By entering the contest you agree that the library has unlimited use of your submission.