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Special Collections Research Center Reflects on Sesquicentennial
Syracuse University Libraries’ Special Collections Research Center (SCRC) will honor Syracuse University’s founding 150 years ago on March 24, also known as National Orange Day, with special exhibition tours and a pop-up exhibit. Visitors to Bird Library on that day can experience five different University history exhibitions:
- “150 Years of Syracuse University in Maps” on the third floor;
- “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University” on the sixth floor;
- “A Legacy of Leadership: The Chancellors and Presidents of Syracuse University” on the first floor
- “Milestone of the Syracuse University Libraries” on the first floor; and
- “Student Life at Syracuse University” pop-up exhibit on the sixth floor.
University Archivist and curator Meg Mason will offer tours of the exhibition “150 Years of Tradition at Syracuse University” on the morning of March 24. Featuring a wide selection of photographs, printed materials, textiles and other memorabilia, this exhibition presents the numerous traditions of Syracuse University while also showing the University’s roots and how some of the heritage has moved generationally. Tours are scheduled for 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. in the SCRC gallery space on the sixth floor of Bird Library. Reserve your place in a tour by contacting Julia Chambers (email@example.com) by March 18.
SCRC staff will also present a pop-up exhibition, “Student Life at Syracuse University over 150 Years,” in Room 606 (Hillyer Room) Bird Library from 1 to 4 pm on March 24. Visitors will have an opportunity to see additional historical materials from the University Archives, including photographs, maps, memorabilia and the papers of past Syracuse University students. Those interested in old photos and maps of campus, where students lived when the campus did not yet have residence halls, or the classwork and student extracurricular activities from years prior should attend this pop-up exhibition for glimpses into student life over Syracuse University’s history.
In addition to the five exhibits at Bird Library, the Libraries is also celebrating the sesquicentennial with:
- A display of the “Milestones of the Syracuse University Libraries” in Carnegie Library’s Diana entryway display case from March 16 through Commencement Weekend.
- Five episodes highlighting Syracuse University’s 150th anniversary in “Sound Beat,” the Libraries’ 90-second daily radio program based on recordings from SCRC’s Belfer Audio Archive. The episodes, scheduled to air in March, will focus on the school colors, the block S logo, campus songs and singing, the number 44 and student traditions. Sound Beat is carried by commercial stations in major markets, community-supported stations in small communities and reader services that provide news and entertainment to the elderly and visually impaired.