History Sandwiched In: How Charles Henry Mills Made His Mark on Madison

October 24th, 2016
Charles H. Mills portrait

History Sandwiched In: How Charles Henry Mills Made His Mark on Madison

Tuesday, November 1, 2016
12:15pm – 1:00pm
Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N Carroll St.

Tom Caw, Music Public Services Librarian at Mills Music Library, will share materials from the Charles H. Mills Collection in the Wisconsin Music Archives in this lunchtime lecture as he recounts how Mills made his mark on Madison. Charles Henry Mills (1873-1937) was an organist, conductor, composer, and educator from Nottingham, England, who came to University of Wisconsin-Madison as a professor of music in 1914 and served as the director of the School of Music from 1914 until his death in 1937. Mills transformed the School of Music during his twenty-three-year term as director, introducing “the Wisconsin plan,” which lead to the University accepting music courses for entrance credit on an equal basis with other academic subjects, and devising a new four-year “Graduate in Music” degree program later renamed Bachelor of Music. Both Mills Music Library and Mills Hall in the recently renamed Mead Witter School of Music are named in his honor.

Come to Capitol Square! Bring a lunch!