Fascinating online insight into city’s records

first_imgNewsLocal NewsFascinating online insight into city’s recordsBy admin – July 7, 2011 533 Advertisement Previous article‘Until Bill produced, we’re debating a press release’ – Cllr KennedyNext articleBye week for Limerick FC admin Facebook Twitter WhatsAppcenter_img INVALUABLE information for local historians, researchers and the men and woman interested in researching aspects of Limerick city’s past, is available from the Limerick Archives Department, which has responsibility for the records of the city council.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The City Archives, which also collect donations of material relating to the city, its people and organisations, including Limerick Chamber, Limerick Harbour Commissioners and Limerick Union Board of Guardians, has now made these collections freely available on www.limerickcity.ie“Each year new collections are added to the website – for instance in 2010 the council’s Health and Welfare records, dispensary records, allotments and turf production records were added, as were a selection of collections from Limerick’s Christian Brothers School and other bodies,” says a spokesperson for City Hall.A fascinating insight into the Quaker community in Limerick was recently made available through the donation of a microfilm copy of the Quaker Papers at a launch in the Quaker Meeting House.The papers contain records of meetings, records of births and marriages and of grievances when their goods were seized in lieu of tithes due to the Established Church.A fascinating series of diaries, documents and photographs of the Limerick man, DCC Mercier, who worked as a mill manager in Ranks Flour Mills from 1922 to 1961, was donated to the archives in October 2010.The papers document Mr Mercier’s working life in one of Limerick’s key industries.A reception to mark the donation was held in City Hall and former Ranks’ workers and their families were invited to attend. Linkedin Email Printlast_img read more

Task forces convene to create space for students of color

first_imgStudents have formed planning task forces as part of the next step in creating a house for USC’s black student community.On Oct. 28, the Undergraduate Student Government passed the “Space for Students of Color” resolution, which laid the groundwork to create a house to serve as a designated place for USC’s black students. To advance the project, the Diversity Affairs committee held a meeting on Nov. 20 to create and recruit students to one of four task forces, each with a unique goal in developing the house and the program. The four task forces are: funding/real estate, communications (which includes social media and public relations), education and logistics.Work in progress · The Diversity Affairs committee, a division of Undergraduate Student Government, organized students into four task forces to develop the Black House project in a meeting on Nov. 20. – Kristen Zung | Daily TrojanFor the student leaders on each task force, all signs point towards a project that is organized, has a cohesive vision and is moving forward.The funding and real estate task force is chaired by Skylar Dunn, co-director of diversity affairs for USG, and Ama Amoafo-Yeboah, executive director of Program Board. For Dunn, the challenges of finding an investor are difficult but not insurmountable.“That’s probably the hardest of the four [task forces],” said Dunn, a senior majoring in business administration. “Money and property are the two hardest things to come by in L.A.”The funding task force aims to work with the other three to develop a plan to reach out to investors and educate them on both the mission and vision for the house. Dunn says despite the challenges, after a Daily Trojan article on the project that ran earlier this month, investors reached out to the student leaders wanting to help.“Investors love the idea and the vision that we have — they’ve actually reached out to us,” he said. “[Daily Trojan writer] Jordyn Holman put out a story 2-3 weeks ago, [and] we received an email from an alum who was really impressed with what we were doing and he really wanted to help us out.”Amoafo-Yeboah, a senior majoring in psychology, said the team hopes to carry that momentum into broader cooperation with the Black Alumni Association, an alliance she called “crucial.”“We want to make it clear that their main focus is and always will be scholarships,” she said of the Association’s main goal: providing scholarships to black students attending USC. “But that doesn’t mean that individuals who are donating for scholarships can’t donate for this as well.”The communications task force is led by Maddie Lees, a USG Residential Senator, and Rini Sampath, USG Vice President. Lees described the role of the task force as communicating a broader message to the community of the need for more diversity and inclusiveness on campus.“We want to reinforce the point that this is a stepping stone for other groups on campus who don’t feel comfortable or who feel marginalized,” she said.Levi Powell, co-director of Diversity Affairs with Dunn, stressed the importance of the task force in overcoming the project’s early challenges.“The task force will make sure the ideas and visions for the house are streamlined,” Powell said. “One of the hardest things we had to deal with was communicating the idea to everyone and make sure they understand our vision for this house and this space.”The education task force, also chaired by Amoafo-Yeboah, will focus on programming and adopting successful ideas of existing campus institutions, such as the East Asian studies room in Doheny Library, and making those ideas useful for the needs of the project. The fourth and final committee, logistics and vision, is focused on developing a name and mission statement for the house and a logistical plan for the physical space. The task force is chaired by Powell and Casey Ellis, the co-director of the Black Student Assembly.Powell stressed the need to name the house something that embodies the project’s mission, rather than just the current informal name, “the Black House.”“We don’t want it to be named, ‘the Black House,’” he said. “We are modeling our naming process off of Brown University’s project, which is called the Harambee house, which is Swahili for ‘togetherness.’ Some things we want to incorporate into our name are unity, togetherness, community and family.”The student leaders plan to select assistant directors for the task force in the coming week. Each task force will submit progress reports by the last week of January, and Amoafo-Yeboah said a first draft of the business plan and proposal will be completed by the first week of February. Though the original goal for completion was between two and four years, Dunn said a more realistic expectation was between five and 10.“We have to buy property, do all the refurbishments to the house, figure out a sustainability model to keep the house running, and have to have the university as well as alumni support to set all of this up,” he said. “We don’t want to rush this; we want to have patience and wait it out in order to get that big dream that we want.”last_img read more