Category Archives: History

Celebrating inspirational women. #justbecause


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We don’t need a special occasion of month to celebrate women. Let’s celebrate amazing women #justbecause. Find advancing, dignifying and liberating quotes from various inspirational women from around the globe below. We know we’ve missed many, many  amazing women, as this is just a short list. So, tell us int he comments section about a woman who inspires you below, along with a quote by her.

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Votes for Women on Trial

susan-b-anthonyVotesForWomen2On June 17-18, 1873, pioneering feminist Susan B. Anthony stood trial. The previous November, Anthony led a group of women who attempted to exercise their rights as citizens by voting in the presidential election in Rochester, New York.  Since voting for women was then considered illegal, Anthony was arrested on the charge of “criminal voting,” tried the following June, then fined $100, which she refused to pay.

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Today in history: 1919

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Jun 4, 1919: Congress, by joint resolution, passes the 19th Amendment and sent it to the states for ratification. The House of Representatives had voted 304-89 and the Senate 56-25 in favor of the amendment.

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Sister Henrietta, CSA: An Example of Giving


By Timothy K. Kinsella, Ph.D., head of the History Department and Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program at Ursuline College. 

Sister Henrietta, CSA (1902-1983), serves as a wonderful example of an individual going outside of herself, in this case to help the invisible poor in the Hough area, an inner city neighborhood on Cleveland’s east side. Prior to her work in Hough, she had already developed intellectual and administrative skills through her past positions in hospital work, and combined them with her heart’s yearning of service to the poor.

Marie Gorris, Sister Henrietta’s baptismal name, entered the Sisters of Charity in 1925 shortly after receiving an R.N .degree from Canton’s Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. She then worked at Mercy Hospital and Timken Mercy Medical Center between 1928 and 1962. Examples of her many titles include; night supervisor, supervisor of surgery, head administrator, supervisor of construction, and fundraiser. These skills would later be of invaluable help in Hough.

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Spring livin’ suggestions: bon appétit! exploring a lighter palate


Alright – we are in the final stretch of winter. (We promise!) Only 6 more days ’till it is officially spring. To help you get ready for the season, we are sharing our spring 2014 suggestions – drawing inspiration from Women’s History Month, of course!

Bon Appétit! Are you a master in the kitchen or is your idea of gourmet your local pizza delivery joint? Inspired by the late Julia Child {August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004}, we are attempting to broaden our palates this spring by trying new tastes at home. Whip out your old mixing bowls. Below is a list of our favorite spring-appropriate recipes by women chefs. Let’s get cooking!

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Ursuline kicks-off Women’s History Month with “Waiting for MacArthur” Feb 28, March 1

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Ursuline College Drama Workshop presents “Waiting for MacArthur,” a World War II story of the courage and valor of the women who served in the Army Nursing Corps on Corregidor, 8 PM Feb 28 and March 1 in the Mullen Little Theater, Mullen Academic Center, 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, OH 44124.

Starring Ursuline students Rhianna McChesney, Haley Tinlin, Hannah Cotton and Natalie Huggins, the play revolves around the experiences of women during WWII, specifically an Army Nursing Corps nurse, her mother, her English teacher and her best friend.

According to Independent Press, playwright P. Paullette MacDougal’s “Waiting for MacArthur” is a “poignant look at love and war.” MacDougal dedicated her play to “The Greatest Generation”; the men and women whose sacrifice during WWII saved the world for liberty and freedom because it was “the right thing to do.”

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Dying young: the Birmingham bombings

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By Timothy K. Kinsella, Ph.D.,  head of the History Department and Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program at Ursuline College. 

Addie May Collins (age 14)
Carole Robertson (age 14)

Cynthia Wesley (age 14)
Denise McNair (age 11)

For many of us, these names are unknown. They are the four young African-American girls killed, with twenty-two others injured, in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham Alabama on September 15, 1963. This bombing took place only eighteen days after Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream Speech” in Washington D.C. and at the very beginning of integration efforts in Birmingham.

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Nelson Mandela’s Historic Contribution

Nelson Mandela, former South African President, passed away at age 95. Part of his legacy includes the unwavering promotion, and often achievement, of free and democratic societies around the globe. These “radical” societies served to widen the circle of participation in governance. The many, not just the few, developed a voice. Just as significant, Mandela was able to act without hatred and with a spirit of forgiveness—after spending twenty seven years in prison for his anti-apartheid struggles.

Mandela helped unite an often strife-ridden South Africa as it dealt with apartheid, a system of white minority rule that prohibited the South African majority right to vote, in the early 1990s. He helped to prepare for democratic elections in 1994 and became South Africa’s first black president. Mandela continued his crusade for democracy and against oppressive rule.

Photo Credit: Google Images

Photo Credit: Google Images

Mandela came out of prison not with anger but with a sense of forgiveness toward his captors. He promoted a message of peace. His efforts at building democratic and free societies through peaceful means led to the Nobel Prize.

Mandela showed that an individual mattered. The individual could shape history. The individual could unite opposing factions. I would enjoy listening to a conversation involving Mandela, Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael and Malcom X. President Obama, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice could join in as well.

Timothy K. Kinsella, Ph.D. is head of the History Department and Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program at Ursuline College. 


1871: Wealth of Knowledge, Industry Comes to Cleveland

In 1871, the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland founded Ursuline College, the first state chartered college for women in Ohio. The college was located on Euclid Avenue in downtown Cleveland.

This was a time when Cleveland was taking off into the industrial age. The city became home to some well-known manufacturing firms and a diverse group of immigrants.

James D. Rockefeller established the Standard Oil Company. Sherwin Williams provided paint. Glidden produced the varnish. Theodore Kundtz supplied cabinets to the White Sewing Machine Company. Charles Brush provided the generator and later the arc light. Eberhard Manufacturing gave us carriages. King Iron Bridge and Manufacturing produced highway bridge works.

These manufacturing firms needed workers. Many of the workers were recent  immigrants. By 1870, 42 percent of the 92,829 Cleveland residents (15th largest city in the nation) were foreign born. Germans and Irish comprised the bulk of that total.


In case the owners, managers or workers of these firms wanted alcohol to sustain themselves, they could choose from 18 different breweries in the area. If they became publicly intoxicated they might spend the night in a jail cell manufactured by Cleveland’s Van Dorn Company.

The early manufacturing firms and their workers were important to the city of Cleveland, for they created economic wealth. The Ursulines, by establishing the first religious teaching community in Cleveland, were creating and distributing knowledge. More importantly, they were creating spiritual wealth — much needed for a city entering the uncertain industrial age.

Timothy K. Kinsella, Ph.D. is head of the History Department and Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program at Ursuline College

Fannie Lou Hamer. Photo Credit: Google Images.

Voting can be a pain.

Many of you are eligible to vote in this upcoming election. Voting can be a pain. You might have to wake up early, drive to the polling place, find a place to park, go into the booth and see unknown names running for equally unknown offices. Furthermore what difference can one vote possibly make?

Maybe a broader context will help think about this voting idea. Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil right worker from Mississippi, participated in the so-called Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964. She was arrested and beaten several times for trying to register black voters in Mississippi, many too scared to register because of feared reprisals by klan members.

Fannie Lou Hamer. Photo Credit: Google Images.

Fannie Lou Hamer. Photo Credit: Google Images.

Three young men (James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner), also involved in registering black voters in Mississippi, went missing and later found murdered–by klan members. One of the state’s senators, James Eastland, told President Lyndon Johnson that these men purposely went missing as part of a large publicity stunt to gain attention for their voter registration efforts.

Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. Photo Credit: Google Images.

Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. Photo Credit: Google Images.

Voting can be a pain – even the voter registration process.

Timothy K. Kinsella, Ph.D. is head of the History Department and Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program at Ursuline College