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Memories of MSU, a Sesquicentennial of Michigan

"Memories of MSU"
a Sesquicentennial Exhibition at the Michigan State University Museum
February 27 - December 30, 2005
Main and Heritage Galleries, MSU Museum

The Michigan State University Museum will present a landmark exhibition in 2005 highlighting the history and traditions of the university. The exhibit draws from rich collections -- objects, uniforms, equipment, furniture, photos and other holdings -- that trace the university's special land-grant heritage to today's engaged research center serving the people of Michigan and the world.

At the center of the exhibit is student life -- from class rivalries to residence halls, fraternities and sororities, the bands, athletics and Sparty, and the colossal registration "pit." Academic origins and agricultural roots, campus architecture and culture, outreach and international programs, and visions of the 21st century university are also among the many reminiscences and remarkable stories that come together to create "Memories of MSU."

"We invite the campus-community and Spartans from all around to join us in celebrating 150 years of history, culture and traditions, and looking forward to a future of advancing knowledge and transforming lives," says MSU Museum Director C. Kurt Dewhurst, a member of the university's sesquicentennial celebration planning committee.

"Memories of MSU" will cover two main themes: "The Growth of a Great University" and "The World is our Campus." Selected topics and artifacts showcase:

  • From a Clearing in the Forest
  • In the Classroom, Lab and Field
  • A Home Away from Home: Residence and Boarding Halls
  • Agriculture Plants the Seed
  • MSU Museum: Contributing to the Future, Preserving the Past
  • On the Field of Battle: Spartan Sports Highlights
  • Class Rivalry
  • Campus Traditions
  • The Printed Word: Campus Publications
  • Marching to the Beat of a Spartan Drummer
  • Good Old Spartan Spirit
  • A Tribute to Old College Hall
  • Buildings in a Campus Park
  • Students and Faculty - Home and Abroad

Another exhibit will be installed in MSU Union north lounge in the spring: "Town and Gown" will focus on the special relationship between the Lansing-East Lansing communities (the "town") and the campus (the graduation "gown."), with subjects like "Mail before e-mail," "On the Avenue: Hangouts and Hot Spots" and "Stepping off Campus: Students and the Community."

To learn more about this exhibit and other MSU sesquicentennial celebration events, programs and publications, see: http://msu150.msu.edu/.

To make a monetary or planned gift to the MSU Museum, contact the Development Office at (517) 432-0859.

... To donate objects to the collections, contact the History Division at (517) 355-0322.

West Circle Drive, next to Beaumont Tower
Open 7 Days a Week: 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday - Friday; 10am - 5pm, Saturday; 1 - 5pm, Sunday
Visitor Parking available in front of the building; Accessible to persons with handicaps
museum.msu.edu - (517) 355-7474 (for recorded information)

Special thanks
Special thanks for collaboration and historical resources in the development of this exhibition:

  • Academic Computing and Network Services
  • Campus Park and Planning
  • College of Agriculture and Natural Resources
  • College of Arts and Letters
  • College of Natural Science
  • College of Social Science
  • Housing and Food Services
  • Intercollegiate AthleticsInternational Studies and Programs
  • Library/Computing Technology
  • MSU Alumni Association
  • MSU Archives and Historical Collections
  • MSU Libraries
  • MSU Press
  • National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory
  • Registrar's Office
  • Residence Life
  • The Eli Broad College of Business and The Eli Broad Graduate School of Management
  • University Development
  • University Relations
  • Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies
  • MSU Sesquicentennial Committee
  • Covenant Investments
  • Gordon and Sandy Walter
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Military Science, Department of
  • MSU College of Law
  • Performing Arts Facilities and Programs
  • Police and Public Safety
  • Honors College
  • MSU Safe Place
  • Physical Plant

Sparty's Chariot

Donald Ryan Lake, a College of Arts & Letters Museum Studies Program intern from Springport, Mich., pulls exhibit co-curator Ilene Schechter in a Spartan Chariot, recently installed in the MSU Museum lobby. Spartan fans may remember the chariot was used in the early 1990s at football games -- pulled around on the field before games by a giant fiberglass football that was constructed on a go-cart body. Visitors to the MSU Museum are invited to climb aboard the chariot and snap pictures of this spirited part of MSU history. Photo by Val Roy Berryman, MSU Museum.