“Proclaim liberty thro’ all the Land to all the Inhabitants Thereof”

George Lippard, a young journalist, penned the story of how the Old Bell (as the Liberty Bell was known back then) announced the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, and thus the Liberty Bell came to be known by its familiar name. But Lippard wrote this story in early 1847—long after the nation’s birth.Continue reading ““Proclaim liberty thro’ all the Land to all the Inhabitants Thereof””

The Harkness Chimes at Yale

Ah! When I hear those bells, I feel nostalgic for my college days! Or when I hear that glee club sing or marching band play! And THAT, my friends, is my dissertation in a nutshell. I’m sure I’ll come back to the topic of bells and nostalgia more on this blog. As part of myContinue reading “The Harkness Chimes at Yale”

Saved by the Bell

Bells regulated daily life in European monasteries, then European churches, cities, and universities. New World colleges were fashioned after those of the Old World, and so bells found a home on our campuses. I love this depiction below of the college bell in the lives of Yale students in the nineteenth century. Under the elmsContinue reading “Saved by the Bell”