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Kilroy Was There

| Filed under: Military History
Hillerman Book Cover

“In 1941 Frank Kessler, a young accountant in Canton, Ohio, was drafted, assigned to an Army Signal Corps unit, and went away to photograph the war in Europe. In 1945, home again with his wife and children, he stored hundreds of those images of blood and battle in his attic. There they stayed until after his death…”


Kindly Medicine

| Filed under: History, Medicine
Haller Book Cover

Between 1836 and 1911, thirteen physio-medical colleges opened, and then closed, their doors. These authentic American schools, founded on a philosophy of so-called Physio-Medicalism, substituted botanical medicines for allopathy’s mineral drugs and promoted the belief that the human body has an inherent “vital force” that can be used to heal. In Kindly Medicine, John Haller offers the first complete history of this high-brow branch of botanical medicine. Physio-Medicalist, along with Thomsonians, Homeopathys, Hydropaths, and Eclectics, represented the earliest wave of medical sectarianism in nineteenth-century America. United in their opposition to the harsh regimens of allopathy, or regular medicine, these sects had their beginnings in the era of Jacksonian democracy and individualism when every man yearned to become his own legislator, minister, and even his own physician. The Physio-Medicals demanded equal rights with regular practitioners to jobs in the army, navy and public institutions and equal representation on the new state licensing and regulatory boards. As the nineteenth century drew to a close, they saw their influence waning as they could no longer match allopathy’s increasing hold on science and on the public’s trust. In this history of the movement, John Haller recounts the events that led to the establishment of Physio-Medicalism and traces the circumstances that brought its slow descent into obscurity.


Kirk Mangus

and | Filed under: Art, Books
Bouthillier front cover

Kirk Mangus was an internationally recognized artist, who led the Ceramics Department at Kent State University for almost 30 years. Influencing multiple generations of students, he was a central figure in the revival of wood-firing in America. This catalog accompanies the retrospective Kirk Mangus: Things Love at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. Included are over 100 pages of full color plates that show the breadth of Mangus’s practice, from humble cups to ornate vessels and large totemic sculptures. A selection of drawings and paintings are also included, along with several essays by exhibition curator Rose Bouthillier, Eva Kwong, ceramic artist and Kirk’s wife, and other scholars, along with selections from the writings of Mangus himself.


Krill Cave

| Filed under: Archeology & Anthropology
Krill Book Cover

In sharp contrast with the southern and southeastern uplands of Ohio, rockshelters are rare in the northern parts of the state. Only at Krill Cave has it been possible to reconstruct a temporal sequence from the Archaic through Late Woodland times on the basis of quantitatively appreciable data. The results of these excavations (carried out in the summers of 1974 and 1975) can best be discussed in terms of what the three major occupations have in common. The share commonalities are probably due to the environmental/ecological setting in which the occupations occurred.