A Lantern Slide Through Time
Professor Kevin Ostoyich
Arts and Sciences
Using lantern slides and various campus publications housed in the Valparaiso University Archives I explore campus life from 1925 to 1933. The standards for men and women at Valparaiso University differed drastically from what they are today. Particularly, there were rules that governed interactions between male and female students. I examine the rules and norms on campus at the time to highlight a contrast with modern campus life and to attempt to explain why the romance between a student, Lorena LaHayne, and an instructor, Myers Zimmerman, was not seen as scandalous at the time.
By investigating the specific case of the student LaHayne and her instructor, I argue that the strict rules for student interaction may have actually helped to encourage such a romantic relationship.
Keywords: Zimmerman, LaHayne, gender, campus life, rules, lantern slides
Joll, Journey, "A Lantern Slide Through Time" (2018). Symposium on Undergraduate Research and Creative Expression (SOURCE). 708.