Did you know that four professors who were exiled from eastern Europe by Communists found positions at Marquette? 

Christopher Spalatin, Bela Kovrig, Roman Smal-Stocki and Joseph Talacko made The Chain of Office that was worn by the president at official functions. They presented it to Marquette President Rev. Edward O’Donnell, S.J. at a ceremony on December 16, 1953. 

Dr. Smal-Stocki presented the chain "in grateful token of our appreciation of opportunities afforded us here," according to a 1953 article in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

See other materials related to the presidency in our online collection or in a special display in the Prucha Archives Reading Room on the third floor.

A bit of trivia in honor of inauguration week: Rev. William M. Magee, S.J., was the first Marquette president to have a formal inauguration. It was a two-day affair held in 1928. See other materials related to Magee in our online archive collection or in a special display in the Prucha Archives Reading Room on the third floor.
Source: Raynor Memorial Libraries on Facebook. 

A bit of trivia in honor of inauguration week: Rev. William M. Magee, S.J., was the first Marquette president to have a formal inauguration. It was a two-day affair held in 1928. 

See other materials related to Magee in our online archive collection or in a special display in the Prucha Archives Reading Room on the third floor.

Source: Raynor Memorial Libraries on Facebook

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Sept. 4, 1964: The Beatles slept here (today’s Mashuda Hall at Marquette)

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The Fab Four visited Milwaukee 47 years ago today and stayed at the Coach House Motor Inn (now Mashuda Residence Hall at Marquette Hall). The Beatles held a press conference there and supposedly stayed somewhere on the seventh floor. After the concert downtown, fans remained overnight to see a glimpse of John, Paul, George or Ringo. As soon as the Beatles entourage checked out, fans rushed the hotel in search of souvenirs.

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Check out JSOnline’s photo gallery of Beatlemania in Milwaukee.

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Then and Now — Varsity Theatre on Wisconsin Avenue:
In 1957, the Varsity advertised Three Violent People, a western film starring Charlton Heston, on its marquee. Next to the movie theater was a Pate gas station. (The base of the Pate gas sign reads “Hello Neighbor.”)

Marquette University bought the Varsity Building in 1967, which is now the Varsity Theatre and Holthusen Hall. The gas station site became campus green space.

Black-and-white photo courtesy of Marquette University Archives.