Milne Alumni March Newsletter
March 15, 2014

by Judy Koblintz Madnick, '61

Dear Milne Alumni and Supporters,

In this issue:

* Digitization Project Update!
* "A Surprise," by UAlbany Archivist Geoff Williams
* Anita Harris, '66, Announces a New Edition of Broken Patterns, Professional Women and the Quest for a New Feminine Identity
* Sad News

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As of 03/05/14, our total is $12, we've passed the halfway mark to our goal! If you click here and then click on the donations link, you will see that there are many alumni who have not yet contributed to this important project. Please help us reach our goal so that we are able to digitize all available Crimson & White and Bricks & Ivy editions, which will enable us to enjoy full-text web access of many of our Milne yearbooks and/or newspapers via searchable files. If we, as Milne School Alumni, don't ensure that our memorabilia is preserved...who will?

Please remember that the total necessary to complete this project is $25,000 (but, as with anything else, the price will rise as time passes) if you haven't yet donated or wish to increase your contribution, please consider doing so soon. Thank you very much to those who have already contributed.

For further information, see A list of donations is available at If your donation does not yet appear on our list, please note that the University sends updates every two weeks.


"This is an image of Mary and Jessie Harpham, at the time Sophomores, 1902-03, in the Normal College High School, the name of the school before 1915 when it was renamed the Milne High School. The reason I am sending you this photo is because it was given to the University Archives by Sandra Wilsey, great grandniece of the Harpham sisters. Along with the photo of the two sisters she sent along a real treasure, the earliest known yearbook of the Normal High School, a 1906 yearbook. It is not called a yearbook but that is what it clearly is. That yearbook contains photos of all of the faculty and all of the seniors, including the two Harpham sisters. It does not contain photos of club members or sports team. That yearbook, which is very short, is among the items that will be sent out to be scanned.

"To the best of my knowledge, no other yearbook of the Normal High School/Milne High School was published until 1923, and that volume was called the Crimson & White.

"Frankly I am amazed that the High School managed to put out a yearbook in 1906, as the Normal College building burned to the ground in January 1906. They must have taken the photos and commissioned the yearbook during the fall of 1905 before the fire. From 1906 until 1909, the High School was in temporary quarters and probably unable to produce a yearbook. The Normal College was unable to produce a yearbook again until 1911, as it was also in temporary quarters until 1909."

ANITA HARRIS ANNOUNCES A NEW EDITION OF Broken Patterns, Professional Women and the Quest for a New Feminine Identity

Anita Harris, '66, is ecstatic to report that a new edition of her book, Broken Patterns, Professional Women and the Quest for a New Feminine Identity, is available on Amazon and Kindle. According to Anita, "Broken Patterns...tells the stories of 40 professional women who entered male-dominated careers in the 1970s and '80s—comparing their experiences to those of their mothers and grandmothers. It places all three generations in historical context—showing that, in the 19th century and again in the 20th, the more women left the home for paying work in one generation, the greater the societal belief in domesticity for women, in the next." For more information, see P.S. That's Val Chevrette from the Class of '66 on the cover of the book!


Please note that I rely upon the Albany Times Union and input from other alumni for this information, so if you become aware of someone who has passed away, please let me know. If a name is underlined, it represents a link to the obituary. Many obituaries are available free for a limited time only.

Barbara KELLERT, mother of Jeffrey KELLERT, '70, passed away on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.

Thanks to all of you for your interest in Milne Alumni activities.

Judy (Koblintz) Madnick, '61

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