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The Walls Speak: Telling ISU's Story Through its Campus Buildings

Sat Apr 7 13:00:00 2018

Past and present Redbirds will want to flock to the Museum at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 7 when Illinois State University archivist April Karlene Anderson will present her talk, “The Walls Speak: Telling ISU’s Story Through its Campus Buildings.” This talk is scheduled in conjunction with the publication of Anderson’s recent book Illinois State University, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History Series. Anderson’s presentation will feature a small selection of the many historic photographs housed in the collection of the Dr. JoAnn Rayfield Archives that served as the foundation of the book.

“Illinois State University was founded in 1857 as Illinois’s first public higher education institution. Initially named Illinois State Normal University (ISNU) due to its mission to train teachers, the university gained early national recognition for its work in developing educational philosophies. One of those philosophies, Herbartianism, was brought to ISNU in the 1890s and was cultivated by some of the profession’s leading educators, including Charles DeGarmo, head of modern languages and reading at the university.”

“ISNU celebrated 100 years of service in 1957 and, on January 1,1964, dropped “normal” from its name. Now known as Illinois State University, the institution offers over 130 undergraduate and graduate degree programs ranging from the humanities to the sciences and nursing within its six colleges.”

Anderson received her masters’ degrees in library and information science, and history from Florida State University and the University of Central California, respectively. She is a certified archivist through the Academy of Certified Archivists and holds a Digital Archives Specialist Certificate through the Society of American Archivists. In addition to her work at ISU, she has served as an archives consultant, helping academic institutions and companies establish archival programs.

Anderson will present her talk in the Governor Fifer Courtroom on the second floor of the Museum. The book Illinois State University is available for purchase in the Visitors Center.

For more information about this program, please contact the Education Department via email at education@mchistory.org or by phone at 309-827-0428. Free parking is available on the Museum Square and surrounding streets, or at the Lincoln Parking Deck located on Front Street.

The Walls Speak: Telling ISU's Story Through its Campus Buildings