Monday, November 25, 2013

LaGrange College Memories Recorded at 2013 Homecoming

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

This year a new activity was available to alumni at the Callaway Auditorium—a LaGrange College Alumni “Story Corps.” For the past two years at Homecoming, the Suber Archives & Special Collections has presented “Do You Know Me?” a special table where we assemble 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 identifying some of the people in the photographs and telling us some entertaining 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 were excited to be partnering with her department for this first ever event. We had several alumni and retired faculty who recorded their memories and these stories will be available later through the alumni office.
 This year was a great success and we had many alumni who helped us identify about 50 photographs and look through some of the thousands of wonderful photographs that are in the Archives, some dating back to the turn of the century.

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 right, 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 Patricia Barrett

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