EMU Special Collections was recently given a fascinating collection of digitized slides from the family of Dr. J. Harold Housman (1928-2009). Housman was a 1949 graduate of EMC who became a doctor and spent many years doing medical work in Tanzania, Ethiopia, Somalia, and Nigeria.
These photographs, taken during his time at EMC, give a vivid glimpse into life at the college and Park View area. I hope you enjoy these images and if you see any one or any place you recognize, please share in the comments!
A very intriguing set of pictures. Thank you. Perhaps the one most intriguing is the picture of the women in white dresses and the men mostly in plain suits. I just marvel at the unwavering hemline of the white dresses. Yes, my wife tells me it was 12 inches no matter if you were short or tall. And were the white dresses a cultural import from Lancaster Mennonites. My mother has pictures from the 1930’s of social gatherings of Lancaster Mennonite women all dressed in white dresses.
Thank you for your comment! At EMC it was most common to see the white dresses worn for commencement or for choral performances. This particular picture is of the 1947 Mixed Chorus–you can see how the photograph being taken turned out in the 1947 yearbook at this link: https://cdm16154.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p16154coll7/id/1546/rec/27