By ELIZABETH FOOTE
Dr. Juilee Decker, an art professor at Georgetown College, and her Curatorial Studies class opened the Georgetown College Stories exhibit Friday, Sept. 21. This is the project’s seventh year, making it a tradition of its own. Decker’s eight students searched through the school archives, including old scrapbooks, Belle of the Blues and Georgetonians, compiled old interviews with alumni, students and faculty; and did some interviewing themselves.
During the exhibit’s Fireside chat, a few of the students spoke about their involvement in the project. Lynsey Jordan said she wished Georgetown still did some of the traditions that have since died out. Most of the students said their favorite part of the project was getting to interview the alumni.
As Dr. Dave Foreman spoke a few words, he wore the freshman beanie he had received in 1968. He reminisced about meeting his wife in Gidding’s Hall, which used to house the theater. Mr. Eugene Enlow, class of ‘44, spoke of when he was a Kappa Alpha, and one year they took a boy out to a farm yard and just left him there while they went to a sweets shop. When they got to the sweets shop, the boy had beat them there, claiming a goat had chased him all the way back. From then on they called the boy “Goat.” Enlow is publishing his life story in a book called “A Legacy of Faith,” which comes out on Oct. 4. You can listen to parts of his memoir at the audio portion of the stories exhibit.
One part of the exhibit includes a picture of Georgetown’s campus in 1945. Its information card explains that the Cooke Memorial Library was being built at this time, South campus was just farm land, the Greek housing was off campus and freshman lived in Rucker Hall, which has since been torn down. Below the picture of campus are various objects including a booklet containing Georgetown College President Adam’s greeting to the students in the 1914-1915 school year, pictures of Janie Hill Polk, class of 1953, with her family and a “Remember when 1954” pamphlet which tells the story of Martha Hagen. Hagen, a ‘54 alumnus, married a man in the military while at Georgetown. They could not live in the married dorms, because returning WWII veterans had filled all of the rooms, so Martha lived in the Sigma Kappa house during the week and in a hotel with her husband on the weekends. On their 50-year wedding anniversary, she gave her husband a “Remember when 1954” pamphlet.
One cabinet displays co-education themed items such as a graduation certificate from 1890 (the first year of the female seminary), an 1898 Belle of the Blue about co-education and a Nov. 1910 issue of the Georgetonian about Dr. J. J. Rucker who helped start the co-education of Georgetown College.
Another display contains a beanie that freshmen were required to wear, a cheerleading uniform from the 1980s and a letter sweater from the 1920s. Its information card explains the origin of the college radio, WRVG, which started as a class project in 1963.
My personal favorite display was the wall of pranks. One prank involved Bob Mills and his fellow Lambda Chi Alpha brothers stealing accessories off the Phi Kappa Alpha fire truck, breaking holes in the walls of their dorm, putting the accessories in the walls and then resealing and painting the wall. Although the house has sense been sold, as far as they know, the items are still there.
Other displays include a station where you can listen to interviews with alumni, a replica of a float piece that would have been in the homecoming parades and much more. The exhibit will be up in the Cochenour Gallery in the LRC until Oct. 3, so come check it out.