Wednesday, April 15, 2015

A Don't-Miss For Homecoming-Reunion Weekend '15

Dressed for Company  Photographs, programs, scrapbooks, artifacts, ephemera
and other memorabilia fill exhibits on the first and second floors of the Blagg-Huey
Library on the Denton campus of TWU, for the viewing pleasure of our visitors dur-

ing and after 2015 Homecoming/Reunion Weekend (April 16-18, 2015).  Photograph 
by Sandy Cochran.  April 15, 2015.    
The 2015 Homecoming/Reunion Weekend at TWU (April 16-18, 2015) will be bursting at the seams with celebrations and activities.  Not to be missed?  The homecoming and related exhibits available for your viewing enjoyment at the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  Can't fit homecoming weekend into your schedule?  Visit the following exhibits during regular library hours through May 2015.   

Curated by the dedicated staff of the TWU Libraries' Woman's Collection, the largest depository in the Southern United States of research material about women, this series of detailed exhibits was designed for your education and entertainment and includes mementos from the University Archives which provide a rare glimpse of TWU campus life--and the fashion, headlines, pop culture and lifestyles--of bygone days.

As you take part in the 2015 Homecoming/Reunion Weekend at TWU, we hope you will stop by.  All exhibits are free and open to the public, and photography is permitted.  Questions are welcome and encouraged at our Information Desk, located to the right as you enter the building.  For more in-depth information, contact the University Archives at 940-898-3751 or  

Photographs and ephemera abound on the walls and in display cabinets as you step into the Blagg-Huey Library's first-floor lobby.  Look carefully as you move through this exhibit; you don't want to miss the vintage photos of TWU students and the Denton campus, and please--sign our guest book.
If It's Homecoming, There Must Be A Dress--Or Two  Dresses from the University Archives are on
display in the rotunda of the first-floor lobby of the Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  With con-
nections to TWU history, the dresses represent a small fraction of the items on display at the library repre-
senting TWU campus life of days gone by.  Photograph by Sandy Cochran.  April 15, 2015.      
As you make your way to the rear of the building, you'll pass through the library's beautiful rotunda.  Gaze up--the stained glass windows are full of charm and history--then take a moment to appreciate the pink dresses in front of you.  One of the more eye-catching items on display and a favorite with students, the soft tulle evening gown on the left was donated to the Women's Collection in 2005 by Sue Percifield Ball, TWU alumna (the watermelon pink floor-length gown was purchased at Nieman Marcus in Dallas as a present from her grandparents.)  Ms. Ball, class of 1960, was a participant in the Redbud Festival for two years and represented TWU at Southern Methodist University's Manada, and Rice University's Rondelet.  The dress on the right is another vintage piece from the University Archives.

Just past the dresses, in the wall-mounted display cabinet on the right, are a small portion of the University Archives' photographs depicting the 60-year history of TWU's College of Nursing.  Vintage nursing uniforms, also from the archives, are featured alongside the photographs. 
Hitting The Big 1-0-0  Celebrate the 100th birthday of The Lasso, the student
newspaper at TWU, by perusing the clippings, headlines and memorabilia in 

100 Years of the Lasso: TWU's Student Newspaper on the second floor of the
Blagg-Huey Library on the Denton campus.  Photograph by Sandy Cochran.
April 15, 2015.   
Make your way to the living room area at the back of the building and sojourn down memory lane as you explore the 100-year history of the TWU Music Department.  Photographs, programs, scrapbooks, artifacts, ephemera and other memorabilia shine a spotlight on a century of faculty, student, musician, performance and special-event musical history.  In the back corner of the library, to the left near quilt of The Little Chapel-in-the-Woods, view a collection of photographs celebrating the legacy of the Hubbard family (L. H. Hubbard was named the fifth President of TWU--then the College of Industrial Arts--in 1926).  Cap off your tour of our first-floor exhibits, and enjoy the spring greenery, by visiting the balcony area at the rear of the building.

As you step off the elevator on the second floor, vintage wedding dresses, programs, photographs and more await you in an exhibit celebrating the 75-year history of every Pioneer's favorite little chapel.  


From the elevators, turn right.  The exhibit on the right, celebrating 100 years of the Lasso, TWU's student newspaper, features clippings, headlines and memorabilia from the paper's century-long history.

After viewing the library's exhibits you may find that you have questions; want to make a donation; or wish to incorporate our resources into your research.  Whatever your level of interest, please do not hesitate to contact the University Archives (at 940-898-3751 or for further information.  As always, it is our pleasure to assist you. 

An enjoyable, rewarding and nostalgic 2015 Homecoming/Reunion Weekend to all.

~Sandy Cochran with Kimberly Johnson 

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