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True crime or Texas tall tale? Unraveling a 40-year-old mystery

In June 1971, thieves broke into Schaffer Library, making off with one of Union’s most valuable treasures—a volume of John James Audubon’s Birds of America. The elegant folio, for which President Eliphalet Nott paid $1,000 in 1844, was eventually returned with the help of John Holmes Jenkins III, a rare book dealer from Texas. But was Jenkins really the hero, or did he play a more sinister role? Forty years later, his part in the “Audubon Caper” is still unclear, even with all the new facts you’ll read about here.


Dorm room offices: Student-entrepreneurs open for business

Union has long been an incubator for independent, innovative thought and exploration. Nothing exemplifies this better than the alumni—and students—who own and operate their own businesses. Sam Barstow, Jake Anderson and Pete Mugford— all members of the Class of 2011—became entrepreneurs well before graduation was even in sight.