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Calvin College, now Calvin University, was established in 1876 — a mere 100 years after America’s founding. Since its founding, Calvin witnessed, felt and participated in some of the most important moments in American history, from D-Day to 9/11. With the transition to Calvin University and the introduction of a new Chimes logo, it seems appropriate to reflect on how the Calvin community was affected by and responded to these crucial events. The editors of Chimes decided to collect this history and make it more easily available below; readers can now read about select historical moments as pertaining to Calvin, as covered by Chimes

Chimes coverage of the three events selected WW2, the Civil Rights Movement and 9/11 in some ways represents changes in journalism over the previous 100 years. According to Jesse Holcomb, Chimes adviser, Calvin professor and professional journalist, journalism has come to adopt an “impartial and dispassionate voice” that seeks to “telegraph its own sense of authority.” Holcomb said this is sometimes called the “voice of God.” Generally speaking, the journalistic style seems matured in the Vietnam and 9/11 articles, but, as expected, isn’t fully developed in the earlier WW2 pieces. 

World War II


WWII_CalvinWarContributions.jpg [Part 1 | Part 2]



WWII_Nov1943.jpg [Part 1 | Part 2]

Civil Rights

Civil Rights_12April1968.jpg

Civil Rights_15March1968.PDF

Civil Rights_22Sept1967.PDF

Civil Rights_27Sept1963.PDF

Civil Rights_30April1965.PDF

Civil Rights_15Mar1968.jpg






9-11_NationMourns [Part 1 | Part 2]