*Post written by James Wethington, library assistant of the University Archives and Special Collections.
Over time, boys become men and so does their legend. One man that has exemplify that since I working here is Don Janzen. Over the past several years, Don, alongside Jennifer Greene, the archives and reference librarian, have been piecing together the Shiloh Church and Trust collection. I can truly say after getting to know him, Don is remarkable, gentleman, and trusted colleague.
Don Janzen is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. He attended the University of Louisville and graduated with his B.S. and M.S. degrees in physics. After serving as a physicist, Janzen decided to leave the field of physics and go to the University of Michigan to receive his Ph.D. in anthropology, specializing archaeology. Janzen taught at Beloit College in Beloit, Wisconsin, and Centre College, in Danville, Kentucky. He became “… the first archaeologist to excavate and publish on Shaker archaeology” (Janzen, 2008).
Don has been actively involved as a member with the Communal Studies Association and on the Board of Advisors with the Center for Communal Studies at the University of Southern Indiana. In 2011, Janzen won the Donald E. Pitzer Distinguished Service Award (Communal Studies Association, 2017a) and won the Gina Walker Outstanding Project Award for his photograph collection here at the University Archives and Special Collection from the Communal Studies Association (Communal Studies Association, 2017b).
Janzen has published a few books over various topics, particularly on archaeology. At the University Archives and Special Collections, we house three of his books, his online digital photograph collection, and his performance a rap song about the Harmonists.
Communal Studies Association (2017). Past recipients of Donald E. Pitzer distinguished service award. Retrieved from http://www.communalstudies.org/awards/donald-e-pitzer-distinguished-service-award/past-award-recipients
Communal Studies Association (2017). Past recipients of the Gina Walker outstanding project award. Retrieved from http://www.communalstudies.org/awards/gina-walker-outstanding-project-award/past-award-recipients
Janzen, D. E. (2008). Unearthing the past: The archaeology of the falls of the Ohio River region. Louisville, KY: Butler Books.