The Michael J. Colligan History Project

Photo of Downtown Hamilton with a bridge and water in the background.

The Michael J. Colligan History Project is a joint undertaking of the Colligan Fund Committee of the Hamilton Community Foundation and the Hamilton Campus of Miami University made possible by the generous bequest of Michael J. Colligan, a prominent local businessman and amateur historian.

Since 2000 the Colligan History Project has brought over one hundred speakers to Hamilton, sponsored programs with schools and public libraries, and given awards for achievements in history. We welcome partnerships with institutions and groups serving the Hamilton community who are interested in historical perspectives. Since 2002 we have presented the John E. Dolibois History Prize to nine distinguished historians for substantial and sustained efforts to promote historical understanding in the community and nation. The Jim Blount History Educator Award is given to teachers who exemplify the outstanding commitment to history and education epitomized in Mr. Blount’s life and career. In accord with Mr. Colligan’s interests, we also offer programs regularly that relate to military history.

Learn about upcoming Michael J. Colligan History Project events on the mjcolligan project blog.

Michael J. Colligan History Project

Contact Us

The Michael J. Colligan History Project is located in 532 Mosler Hall on the campus of Miami University Hamilton, Hamilton, Ohio 45011. The director is Matthew Smith, Assistant Professor of History, 513.785.3175. 

Questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome.

Upcoming Lecture

"The Daughters of Yalta" - Catherine Grace Katz

Thursday, October 20
7 p.m.
Parrish Auditorium, Hamilton Campus
Free event.

Tensions during the Yalta Conference in February 1945 threatened to tear apart the alliance between Franklin Roosevelt, Winston Churchill, and Joseph Stalin just as a victory in World War II was close at hand. Catherine Grace Katz uncovers the dramatic story of three young women who were chosen by their fathers to travel with them to Yalta, each bound by fierce family loyalty, political savvy, and intertwined romances that powerfully colored these crucial days.

“Catherine Grace Katz paints a vivid portrait of one of history’s great international summits through the eyes of three young women, each a daughter of a key participant. We get the inside story, and learn the compelling details that bring history to life.” — Erik Larson, #1 “New York Times” bestselling author of “The Splendid and the Vile”

Sponsored by the Michael J. Colligan History Project, generously supported by the Colligan Committee of the Hamilton Community Foundation. This event is in association with Hamilton’s “One City, One Book” public reading program. Reception and book signing to follow this event.