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TBT: House of the Wildcat

Image from the 1929 Belle Air (page 19).


Anyone watch the “House of the Dragon” series premiere on Sunday? This image from the 1929 Belle Air (page 19) is giving us some “Game of Thrones” vibes. It doesn’t matter which house you root for, read the full yearbook here. Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Her favorite house: Stark.



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TBT: Frozen Sweets for National Ice Cream Day

Image of page 32 of the Woman's Home Companion magazine (August 1910).

Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.


Sunday, July 17 is National Ice Cream Day! Try some homemade ice cream this weekend with recipes from Fannie Merritt Farmer. The tasty treats were published in the August 1910 edition of Woman’s Home Companion (page 32). We suggest trying the Philadelphia Vanilla Ice Cream! Read the full magazine here.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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TBT: How To Make Candy—Recipes for World Chocolate Day

Photo of the cover of a handbook by Frank Tousey published in 1891 entitled "How to Make Candy: A Complete Hand Book for Making All Kinds of Candy, Ice Cream Syrups, Essences, Etc. Etc."

Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.


It’s World Chocolate Day! Searching for some delicious recipes? Look no further than this handbook by Frank Tousey published in 1891. How to Make Candy: A Complete Hand Book for Making All Kinds of Candy, Ice Cream Syrups, Essences, Etc. Etc. features some tasty chocolate dishes (beginning on page 10), including vanilla chocolate, chocolate drops with nonpareils, cinnamon chocolate, chocolate harlequin pistachios, and many more! Explore additional recipes in the Villanova University Digital Library.


Headshot of Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.


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TBT: Entertain Party Guests With Fireworks

Image of a how-to manual for producing beautiful fireworks in a miniature.

Image courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

Image of a how-to manual for producing beautiful fireworks in a miniature.

Image courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.


This week’s Throwback Thursday (TBT) is an excerpt from the book How to Entertain a Social Party: A Complete Guide to Home Amusement and Entertainment by Nellie Greenway. Published in 1890 by the J.S. Ogilvie Publishing Co. (New York), the book describes numerous magic tricks people can partake in to amuse their party guests. The images above (pp. 105-106) provide directions for producing beautiful fireworks in a miniature. With the Fourth of July holiday only a few days away, we advise against trying this particular trick at home. Instead of lighting fireworks, the book lists many fun illusions to entertain partygoers. Check them out here. Have a safe and fun Independence Day, Wildcats!


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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TBT: Renovation Nation

 

Image of construction on the Falvey Memorial Library expansion project that began in the spring of 1968.

Image courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library. 1968 Belle Air Yearbook (page 5).


This week’s “Throwback Thursday” (TBT) features the construction of the Falvey Memorial Library expansion project that began in the spring of 1968. Librarian Rev. Louis A. Rongione, OSA, Ped.D., oversaw the library expansion. The snapshot was featured in the 1968 Belle Air Yearbook (page 5).

For more images visit the Villanova University Digital Library.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


 


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TBT: The Bicycle Highwaymen of Coney Island

Old Broadbrim Weekly, no. 30, April 25, 1903. Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

Old Broadbrim Weekly, no. 30, April 25, 1903. Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.


On this day in history (June 16, 1884), the first roller coaster in America opened at Coney Island, in Brooklyn, New York. “Known as a switchback railway, it was the brainchild of LaMarcus Thompson, traveled approximately six miles per hour and cost a nickel to ride.” This week’s “Throwback Thursday” (TBT) is a dime novel from Falvey’s Dime Novel and Popular Literature collection. Follow Detective Josiah Broadbrim as he looks to solve a mystery on Coney Island. Read the full story here.


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library. Her favorite amusement park is Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio.

 

 


 


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TBT: The March Ahead

Photograph, Basketball Team (Varsity), 1942-1943.

Basketball Team (Varsity), 1942-1943. Photo courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.


On March 15, the NCAA tournament will begin and March Madness will officially be underway. As we Villanovans know very well, our beloved Wildcats have had great success in two of the last three NCAA tournaments: winning the championship in 2018, and making the Sweet 16 last season.

Since 2001, Hall of Famer Jay Wright has and continues to build his program around the motto “We Play for Those Who Came Before Us.” This week’s TBT follows Coach Wright’s motto and takes us back to a photograph of the 1942-1943 Villanova Men’s Basketball Team, which qualified for the Final Four in the inaugural NCAA tournament four years earlier.

While the shorts may be shorter and the shoes less flashy, the 1942-1943 team and this year’s team have both played their part in helping Villanova become a basketball powerhouse.

This picture is courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Archives and can be found on the Library’s website.


Elijah McDow is a College of Liberal Arts and Sciences undergraduate student.

 


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2022 Falvey Scholar Award Nominations are Now Being Accepted!

Falvey Scholars 2022 Collage

 

By Kallie Stahl

The 2021 Falvey Scholar Award recipients (from left to right, top row): Chloe Benson, Nicholas Yoo; (middle row) Jacqueline Thoet, Audrey Lawrence; (bottom row) Danielle Markey and Tara Reddy, Kaylan Purisima, and Annelise Laughlin. Photos courtesy of Shawn Proctor, Communication and Marketing Program Manager at Falvey Memorial Library.

Attention faculty and Villanova seniors: Falvey Scholar Award nominations are now being accepted. The Falvey Scholar Awards are given each spring semester to individual or group projects of seniors who have completed exemplary (and publicly presentable) scholarship or research during their undergraduate careers at Villanova. The awards traditionally have an emphasis on work that has required substantial use of scholarly literature of the sort provided and supported by the library.

Villanova faculty:

  • Faculty can nominate students until Sunday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. by using the link provided on following page: http://library.villanova.edu/about/projects/falveyscholars/
  • Once nominated, students will be asked to apply in order to be considered for the award by using a link on the same page. Faculty mentors who plan to nominate should encourage students to apply.
  • Please consider nominating a student who exemplifies the awards criteria.

Villanova seniors:

  • Villanova seniors, if you’d like to be considered for the Falvey Scholar award urge your faculty mentor to nominate you by forwarding them the nomination link provided on following page: http://library.villanova.edu/about/projects/falveyscholars/
  • Students MUST be nominated by a faculty mentor before applying in order to be considered for the award.
  • The deadline for faculty nominations is Sunday, March 27 at 11:59 p.m. The deadline for student applications is Sunday, April 3 at 11:59 p.m.

The Falvey Scholar award is an annual program established by Falvey Memorial Library and the Center for Research and Fellowships to recognize outstanding undergraduate research. 2020 winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony in Falvey Memorial Library’s room 205, on Friday, April 22, at 10 a.m. that will include presentations by the award recipients on the content and findings of the research involved in the writing of the thesis or creation of the project report.

Digital copies of the winning papers are maintained in Falvey’s Digital Library. If you have questions, please contact: libraryevents@villanova.edu


 

Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 


 

 

 


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New Exhibit: “That Fairyland of Ice”: Polar Exploration in Mind and Memory

Falvey Memorial Library is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibit, both in the Library’s first floor display cases and online.

“That Fairyland of Ice”: Polar Exploration in Mind and Memory highlights the generous donation of a collection of books and items about the Arctic and Antarctic recently given to the Library’s Distinctive Collections by Dr. James Wheeler. “In organizing this exhibit, we really wanted to share the depth and range of this new collection,” says Laura Bang, Distinctive Collections Librarian and co-curator of the exhibit. “It was also important that we make connections with our other collections materials as well as current issues affecting the polar regions today such as global warming and climate change. These connections really enhance the relevancy of this collection.”

“The title reflects these themes of ‘imagining’ and ‘remembering’ that are present throughout the exhibit,” says Rebecca Oviedo, Distinctive Collections Archivist and the other co-curator. “Many of the items on display are published narrative memoirs of expedition journeys written for general audiences.” From the exhibit introduction:

While these explorative voyages were scientific in nature, the books satisfied public fascination with the polar regions by visualizing previously unknown territories through word and image. But even as explorers filled in and corrected maps and myths, we continue to imagine and construct—from works of pure fiction to conjectures of lost expeditions. And as we read about “that fairyland of ice” we watch it slowly disappear as dire warnings about climate change threaten what we have come to know of the Arctic and Antarctic—once again to mind and memory.

The online exhibit contains additional materials beyond what is on display in the Library. “We are physically limited by what will actually fit in the cases,” says Oviedo, “and we can only show one page of a book at a time, for example, whereas online we can show several pages or even an entire book if we want.” Links to items that have been fully digitized in Villanova’s Digital Library are included when applicable. The online exhibit includes additional section headings as well as a Q & A with Dr. James Wheeler about collecting and acquiring the eclectic collection that now bears his name.

The exhibit was curated by Oviedo and Bang. Graphics created by Joanne Quinn, Director of Communication and Marketing. Photos courtesy of Kallie Stahl, Communication and Marketing Specialist.


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Rivalry Renewed: Villanova Looks to Extend Three-Game Winning Streak Against Penn State

Tomorrow, Saturday, Sept. 25, the rivalry between Penn State and Villanova will resume. Their first matchup in 70 years, Villanova looks to extend a three-game winning streak against Penn State. Prior to Saturday, the Wildcats have faced the Nittany Lions eight times. Although Penn State leads the series by a 3-4-1 count, Villanova has won the last three: 1936 (13-0), 1949 (27-6), and 1951 (20-14). Saturday’s showdown, the first of a two-game series, begins at noon. The teams will meet again on Sept. 13, 2025. Both games will be played at Beaver Stadium in State College, PA.

Before kickoff, be sure to check out some photos from the rivalry’s previous meetings. Images courtesy of the Villanova University Digital Library.

1936

Image featured in the 1936 Belle Air yearbook (p. 157).

Villanova defeats Penn State (13-0). Image featured in the 1936 Belle Air yearbook (p. 157).

1949

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 196).

Villanova defeats Penn State (27-6). Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 196).

 

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 199).

“Ralph Pasquariello and the rest of the team had a great day in turning the tables on a very good Penn State club that has been highly rated.” Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 199).

 

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 200).

Villanova defeats Penn State (27-6). “The Lions’ lone touchdown was harmless, scored in the last period as a result of a blocked punt.” Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 200).

 

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 204).

“Big John Sandusky leads the way for little John Gippi as he steps off yardage against Penn State in the Cats’ 27-6 win.” Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 204).

 

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 205).

“Pasquariello picking his way through Penn State players as he carries forward for the ‘Cats. This game marked the first time in many years that the Staters were defeated in their opening game.” Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 205).

1951

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 180).

“The scrappy Wildcats clawed the Nittany Lions (20-14), in what many considered a surprise victory.” Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 180).

 

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 183).

“Yes, you may take one giant step—but that’s all! Bill Brannau’s pass finds Jake Patrick on the Penn State 3-yard line in the second quarter at Allentown.” Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 183).

 

Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 184).

“Shopa of Penn State is tripped by Ralph Cecere.” Image featured in the 1949 Belle Air yearbook (p. 184).

Go ‘Cats! Beat State!


Kallie Stahl ’17 MA is Communication and Marketing Specialist at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 


References:

Villanova University. (2018, August 30). Villanova and Penn State Announce Two Game Football Series. https://villanova.com/news/2018/8/30/villanova-and-penn-state-announce-two-game-football-series.aspx?path=football


 

 


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