Please join us at the opening reception for Special Collections’ Fall 2015 exhibit, “A Change in Scenery: Augustana’s Search for a Permanent Campus, 1860-1875” on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 at 5:00.
This year marks the 140th anniversary of Augustana’s move to Rock Island, where the first classes were held on September 22nd, 1875. This was the second time the campus had changed locations, having opened in Chicago in 1860 and then relocated to Paxton, Illinois, in 1863. During this time, the college not only experienced a change in scenery, but also changes in enrollment, curriculum, and campus culture. This exhibit traces the growth of Augustana College, from a basement classroom in a Norwegian church to the bustling campus we see today.
There will be a reception at 5:00 p.m. followed by a brief opening program at 5:30. Speakers include Dr. Ann Boaden, former faculty member of the Augustana College English Department, Dick Stahl, former poet laureate of the Quad Cities, and Kai Swanson, Special Assistant to the President. Light refreshments will be provided. This reception is sponsored by the Augustana Historical Society.
The Special Collections reading room is located on the first floor of the Thomas Tredway Library. This event is free and open to the public. For questions, please contact Samantha Crisp, Special Collections Librarian, at email@example.com or 309-794-7317.