Ohio History Journal

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Minutes of the Meeting of the

Minutes of the Meeting of the

Ohio Academy of History,

Columbus, April 13, 1957




One hundred historians attended the spring meeting of the Ohio Academy

of History at the Ohio State Museum on Saturday, April 13, 1957.

At one of the two concurrent morning sessions, Erving E. Beauregard of

the University of Dayton introduced Edward J. Goodman of Xavier

University, who presented a paper on "Spanish Nationalism in the Struggle

Against Napoleon," and Alfred D. Low of Marietta College, whose subject

was "Lenin on the Question of Nationality." Alfred A. Skerpan of Kent

State University commented on the papers. Presiding over the other session

was Donald P. Gavin of John Carroll University. A paper, "The Centennial

of the Dred Scott Decision," by Harold Schwartz of Kent State University,

was followed by pertinent remarks by Paul Murphy of Ohio State University

and Paul I. Miller of Hiram College.

For the luncheon at noon, the Academy once again enjoyed the hospitality

of the Ohio State University Faculty Club. Subsequent to the business

meeting, a resume of which appears below, the Rev. W. Eugene Shiels of

Xavier University delivered the featured address, "The Place of History

in University Education."

The afternoon program at the Museum included a panel discussion on

"History and Current Affairs: The Problem of Synthesis" and a session on

international relations. Carl Wittke of Western Reserve University served

as moderator for the panel, the members of which were Helen Kaslo of

Wooster College, Robert W. Twyman of Bowling Green State University,

James Wolfenden of Wittenberg College, and Mary Young of Ohio State

University. As chairman of the concurrent session, William L. Fisk of

Muskingum College introduced Charles R. Ritcheson of Kenyon College,

whose paper was entitled "Toward a Revision of Anglo-American Relations,

1783-1795." Comments were offered by Richard C. Knopf of the Anthony

Wayne Parkway Board and Thomas L. Moir of Heidelberg College.

The business session, held immediately after the luncheon, was conducted

by Grover C. Platt of Bowling Green State University, president of the Ohio

Academy of History. In the first of a series of reports, the secretary-treasurer