Palmer Flying Club

This Saturday is National Aviation Day! Did you know that Palmer once had a Flying Club? The Palmer Flying Club started in 1958 and was one of the most popular clubs and had an extensive waiting list from the start. The club was started to provide students who were interested in flying with an inexpensive opportunity to become a pilot! …

Posture Queens

  Posture Queen contests started with the ‘Most Perfect Spine Contest’ in 1927, held by the ACA, and a few more contests were held throughout the 20’s and 30’s including ‘Perfect Spine’, ‘Perfect Back’, and ‘Miss Perfection’. Men initially had their own division early on, but they were no longer considered by 1931. These contests were held as a sort of marketing…

Bix 7

The Bix 7 race is coming up this weekend, so we’re highlighting some of the items we have pertaining to Palmer and it’s relationship with the Bix. Above you can see highly coveted invitations to the staff skywalk breakfast gathering that is held every year. They really got creative with some of these, including one with a mylar balloon in…

Digitization Update

There are a few new items up for viewing in our Digital Collection! One of them being this Green Book, Answers, by B.J. Palmer. Click the cover to view! We also have a new yearbook available for viewing from 1931 that is chock full of wonderful cartoons like the ones you see on the cover!          …

Resource Highlight: Chiropractic Business Cards

Did you know that the Library’s Archives has hundreds of chiropractic business cards as part of its collection? They are a valuable source of information for researchers, and can be used to find out information about past and present chiropractors and their practices. If you are, or were, a chiropractor, or have copies of old family members or even your…

Palmer Alumni Auditorium Concerts!

What we know as the new R. Richard Bittner Athletic & Recreation Center that is under construction on the Davenport campus right now,  was originally called the Palmer Alumni Auditorium. Back between the 1970’s-90’s when it was the auditorium, Palmer would host different sorts of events like music concerts and sporting events. You might be surprised at some of the big name…

Clinic Gardens

The newly renovated Clinic Gardens are going to be finished soon so it’s the perfect time to learn about the history of how it came to be and how it used to look! The Clinic Gardens started out as an empty space between two buildings on campus and their first idea was to put up tennis courts for the students…

D.D.’s Bees!

In honor of both Insect Week and Pollinator Week, we’re going to talk BEES. For those of you who did not know, our founder, D.D. Palmer was an avid bee keeper before he ventured on to discover Chiropractic. He also held several other professions including grocer, magnetic healer, and he even sold gold fish!   D.D. first started his apiary in…

Did you know that June is National Great Outdoors Month? Did you also know that both B.J. and Mabel Palmer had caveologist and volcanologist degrees? B.J. and Mabel visited the best and biggest caves in the world on their travels including Mammoth, Luray, Carlsbad, and Jenolan. People used to say that they could “smell a hole in the ground like…

National Best Friend Day

Happy National Best Friend Day!   B.J. Palmer and Elbert Hubbard were close friends! They even adopted the same style of dress (loose fitting blouses, large flowing ties, and long hair)! One of the many other similarities between the two of them were that they were both businessmen, very interested in advertising, and of course writers. They each started their own printeries…

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