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TBT: Snowy Days at Villanova

By Anna Jankowski

1920s View of Austin Hall and Alumni Hall

1920s View of Austin Hall and Alumni Hall

A lot has changed at Villanova in the past 100 years. This photo from 1920 shows that at least one thing has stayed the same: Villanova looks beautiful in the snow. With over a foot of snowfall over the weekend, campus is once again covered with a fresh white blanket. The following images span from 1920 to 1977 and show how a variety of campus locations looked covered in snow throughout the years. All photos were taken from Falvey’s digital library. Stay warm, Wildcats!

1960s View of Dougherty Hall

1960s View of Dougherty Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1970s View of St. Thomas of Villanova Church and St. Rita’s Hall

1970s View of St. Thomas of Villanova Church and St. Rita’s Hall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1977 View of the Grotto and Chemical Engineering Building

1977 View of the Grotto and Chemical Engineering Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All images courtesy of University Archives at Falvey Memorial Library.

 

 

 

 

 

 


Anna Jankowski ’23 CLAS is a Junior Communication Major from just outside Baltimore who ​​works as a Communication & Marketing Assistant in Falvey.

 

 

 

 


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Photo Friday: Villanova Winters Through the Years

By Ethan Shea

"Campus Snow Scene: Alumni Hall"

Photograph of a snowy Alumni Hall (c. 1899 – 1903)

"Campus Snow Scene"

Campus snow scene (c. 1920s)

"Photograph Campus Alumni Hall Winter Scene circa 1920s"

Alumni Hall in the winter (c. 1920s)

"Campus View Snow Scene - Dougherty Hall"

Photograph of a snow-clad Dougherty Hall (1960)

"Campus Snow Scene with view of St. Thomas of Villanova Church and St. Rita's Hall"

Campus snow scene with view of St. Thomas of Villanova Church and St. Ritas Hall (c. 1970s)

If warm weather is preventing you from getting into the holiday spirit, Falvey Memorial Library is here to help! Our Digital Library curates countless collections, including the photographs above, creating windows to the past. These images date back to the 19th century and allow us to reminisce on times when our campus was covered in the snow we all (okay, maybe not everyone) know and love. Whether you’re looking forward to winter weather or hoping for continued warmth, here at Falvey, we hope you enjoy the holidays and have a relaxing winter break!


Headshot of Ethan SheaEthan Shea is a first-year English Graduate Student and Graduate Assistant at Falvey Memorial Library.


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TBT: Snowy Campus Scenes

With more snow forecasted for today, it’s only fitting that our TBT include another snowy campus picture. This picture can be found in Falvey’s digital library and shows the exterior of St. Thomas of Villanova church with snow leading up to the church. This photo was taken in 1960, although the snowy scene looks a lot like the snowy scenes we’ve seen on campus today!


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department.


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TBT: Snow-Covered Campus

Campus, Snow scene with view of Grotto and Chemical Engineering Building, 1970

We have officially had our first (two) snow days of the semester! In case you weren’t able to wander around campus in the snow earlier this week, here’s a picture of the snowy campus from 1971. It can be found in Falvey’s digital library here. The picture shows a view of the Grotto and Chemical Engineering building all covered in snow.

What campus scene do you miss the most? I think I’m a little biased, but I definitely miss cozying up in Falvey for a study session!


Jenna Newman is a graduate assistant in Falvey Memorial Library and a graduate student in the Communication Department. Current mood: Wishing every day was a snowy day.


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‘Caturday: There’s a chapel in the pines…waiting for us, around the bend…

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We suppose we could have gone with These Boots Are Made for Walking as a suitable lyrical caption for this 50-year old photo of a lovesick Wildcat couple gazing across a snowy Mendel Field.

But it’s Valentine’s Weekend and we’re in the mood for love!

So instead, we’re going to imagine that it’s the other #1 hit from February 1966 – Lou Christie’s Lightin’ Strikes – that’s the soundtrack in the heads of these cooing ‘Cats. Admittedly, its lyrics are primarily about a guy not quite ready to settle down, but there really is a chapel there! And it is just around the bend from these two and surrounded by what probably is a dozen pines or so.

We just have to head to the Digital Library’s helpful  Arboreana to make sure.  🙂

Scanned from the 1966 Belle Air.


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