3RD FLOOR EXHIBIT
175 Years of
English Professor Susan Rusinko with her 1989 book
on British drama since 1950.
Edwin Barton, Class of 1907, holding his 1974 book
on covered bridges in Columbia County.
Over the course of its long history, Bloomsburg University has been proud of the scholarship of both its faculty and alumni. Beginning with the university's days as a state normal school in the 1800s, faculty have published books in their discipline, field of study or area of personal interest. Starting in the 1940s, alumni became active in publishing their creative works, whether it be fiction, poetry, history or autobiography.
This exhibit celebrates the accomplishments of 15 former University faculty members whose careers stretched over a span of more than 140 years, from 1868 to 2011. These faculty taught a wide range of disciplines, including art, economics, education, English, geography, history, journalism, the natural sciences and sociology. The publications were not limited to their areas of teaching and specialization however, but in some cases reflected the individual's broad intellectual interests. The 15 alumni that are highlighted graduated over a span of nearly 70 years from 1901 to 1969. They utilized their skills and talents to produce works that were wide-ranging in scope and demonstrated each person's unique abilities.
The display is currently installed in the flat cases on the third floor of Andruss Library and contains books, photographs of the authors, biographical material and summaries of the published works. The exhibit will be on display until March 7, 2014.
VIRTUAL EXHIBITSThe University Archives periodically creates online or 'virtual' exhibits to highlight the Archives' collections and the history of Bloomsburg University. The first such exhibit is Bloomsburg State Teachers College in 1959. This is a pictorial look at the campus of 40 years ago, complete with historical and current information on all campus areas that existed at that time. The second online exhibit by the University Archives is entitled A Gallery of Presidents and History of Bloomsburg University, an in-depth look at the history of the University with detailed biographical information on each of its presidents. The third exhibit is Views of the Bloomsburg State Normal School, 1921-1923, a look at the state normal school using photographs and information from the course catalogues. The fourth exhibit is the 1919 War Hero Memorial Pinery, which examines the history of the World War I memorial located near Carver Hall, and provides biographical information on the 16 students who are remembered there. A fifth online exhibit is The Maine Experience: Bloomsburg State College Summer Art Classes at Moosehead Lake, 1975-79, which remembers the summers during the 1970s that art students from Bloomsburg went to the wilds of Maine to paint, draw, learn their craft and experience life. The sixth is A Legacy of Champions: The Story of Wrestling at Bloomsburg University, which documents the history of the wrestling program at the University from its founding in 1930 to the present day, featuring many of our individual and team champions from over the years. The most recent one is The Navy V-5s at the Bloomsburg State Teachers College, telling the story of the naval flight instructors who trained in Bloomsburg during World War II.
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