Friday, September 13, 2013

LaGrange College Memories to be Recorded at Homecoming

A Partnership with Archives & Special Collections and Alumni & Community Relations

Although it’s still September, Homecoming is just around the corner on October 12. This year a new activity will be available to alumni at registration at the Callaway Auditorium—a LaGrange College Alumni “Story Corps.” For the past two years at Homecoming, Archives & Special Collections has presented “Do You Know Me?” which is a special table where we have assembled notebooks filled with old photographs of people, places, and events which need to be identified. Alumni who visit us have great fun looking through the pictures as well as assisting us in recognizing some of the people in the photographs and telling us some great stories.  This year Martha Pirkle, Director of Alumni and Community Relations, thought it would be a tremendous idea to have a recording booth set up where alumni could go and record their reminiscences of their time at the College and we in Archives are excited to be partnering with her department for this first ever event.

 We hope all alumni will visit us not only to record their stories but to look through some of the wonderful photographs we have in Archives and help us identify some of the people and places that are part of the LaGrange College story.

These photographs are of LaGrange College’s first officially titled Homecoming in 1959 and were photographed from some old negatives we found. It must have been a wonderful event and there was a horse-drawn carriage carrying Queen Ann Gower, as seen on the bottom, as well as a parade with floats winding its way through the heart of LaGrange. King Ed Nelson and Queen Ann Gower later married.   

**This post was authored by Pat Barrett.

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