Ohio History Journal

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Columbus, Ohio

April 18, 1953

The spring meeting of the Ohio Academy of History was held at Columbus,

April 18, 1953. Registration was followed at 10:30 A.M. by two concurrent

sessions at the Ohio State Museum. One, chairmaned by Dr. Fred Kershner

of Ohio University, was devoted to the topic, A Consideration of Some of

the Intellectual Currents of the Early 20th Century. Dr. Robert H. Bremner

of Ohio State University presented a paper on "The New View of Poverty,"

and Dr. Landon Warner of Kenyon College one entitled "A Study of

Justice John H. Clarke, Progressive Democrat." Dr. Thomas LeDuc of

Oberlin College acted as commentator. At the other session, over which

Mr. David Lattimer of Denison University presided, the subject was

Origins of the Cold War, 1942-1947. Mr. Robert R. Seager of Denison

University spoke on the European aspect of the cold war, while the Far

Eastern phase was covered by Dr. Elbert B. Smith of Youngstown College.

Dr. Richard E. Gustafson of Miami University, who was to have par-

ticipated, was prevented by illness from attending.

The luncheon meeting in Pomerene Hall, Ohio State University, featured

an address by Dr. Frederick B. Artz of Oberlin College. His subject was

"How and When the Modern World Began."

The business meeting which followed was presided over by Dr. Paul H.

Bloomhardt of Wittenberg College, president of the Academy. The officers

elected for the year 1953-54 were: president, Dr. Robert L. Jones of

Marietta College; vice president, Dr. William D. Overman, head of the

Library and Archives of the Firestone Tire and Rubber Company, Akron;

and secretary-treasurer, Dr. John S. Still of the Ohio State Archaeological

and Historical Society. Reports of the secretary-treasurer, the membership

committee, the program committee, and the committee on publications were

read and approved. Dr. Jones, chairman of the committee on awards,

announced that the most outstanding work by an Ohioan in 1952 was con-

sidered to be Refugees of Revolution by Dean Carl Wittke of Western

Reserve University. Dr. Paul Miller of Hiram College, chairman of the

committee on the teaching of history, summarized the report which had

been distributed earlier to all of the members. The ensuing discussion resulted

in the passage of an amendment proposed by Dr. Richard G. Salomon of