Investigating Liquor at Amherst

May 2, 2014

Will my child get in trouble at college? And how can I stop it?

Those are the questions parents ask themselves when their children set out for university. President Coolidge was no different — as evidenced by a telegram recently uncovered in the Library of Congress by researcher Sim Smiley. The wire was from Attorney General Harlan Stone, Amherst Class of 1894, to a federal agent.

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Preserving the Coolidge Legacy

March 24, 2014

Why doesn’t Coolidge have a big national library like, say, President Bush, President Clinton, President Carter or President Truman? One reason Coolidge doesn’t have such a library is that the presidential library laws were different in his time. Another reason though was that Coolidge resisted large monuments. He simply didn’t believe in the “great man” theory of history.

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Marian Anderson at Coolidge’s Church

March 14, 2014

This photo of the great singer Marian Anderson was taken during World War II. Most of us associate Anderson’s performances in Washington with her most famous one, the 1939 appearance at the Lincoln Memorial. We recently stumbled across an article that reminded us that the iconic contralto had performed in Washington even before the 1930s.

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