Class of 1964 – Flashback to Madison College Days: Campus Life
Class of 1964 – Flashback to Madison College Days: Music
Class of 1964 – Flashback to Madison College Days: Fashion

Audie Scott Tilghman – Harrisonburg in the mid 20s

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By Lindsey Wood, Graduate Student Now Available in Special Collections! The Audie Scott Tilghman Papers, 1925-1930. Audie Tilghman was a student here in 1926-1927, and her collection consists primarily of letters she wrote home to her family in Norfolk about her time at what was then called the State Teachers College in Harrisonburg.  In light of graduation, Special Collections is publishing one of her letters, that describes how she and her friends were creating white caps for the graduation ceremony.

Processing Collections: The Harrisonburg Historic Maps Collection

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by Andrew Hansen and Courtney Carullo Ever wonder how Special Collections goes about processing their collections? Well, over the past two months, we have been working on reprocessing the Harrisonburg Historic Maps Collection, previously called Map 9000, with a new collection of maps received last year. The original Map 9000 collection came to us in 2012, but with this new collection received last year we were now faced with incorporating the new collection into the old – a collection totaling over 600 maps. We began by individually accounting for each map by cross checking the previous accession list with the title of each map. We cross referenced the title of each map to ensure the accurate name would be displayed in the finding aid that would be used by researchers and to make sure that the maps were in fact all accounted for. These maps cover a wide variety of topics pertaining to Harrisonburg between 1903 and 1982 and in some cases can help show the growth of the city through plans for new sub-divisions, street widenings, and land exchanges between private owners and the City of Harrisonburg or vice versa. There are also many detailed architectural drawings that show Continue reading Processing Collections: The Harrisonburg Historic Maps Collection

Celebrating Shakespeare – a JMU Tradition

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by Julia Merkel William Shakespeare lived from 1564 until April 23, 1616. This April, Shakespeare’s legacy will be celebrated worldwide. James Madison University formally kicks-off honoring the Bard with a lecture on April 4th, along with exhibits in Carrier Library, Rose Library, and the Prism Gallery at Festival. If one is not able to see the Carrier Library exhibits, please visit the online exhibit instead! In preparing for the Carrier Library exhibits, English Graduate Student, Megan O’Neill and Art History Junior Madison Whitesell discovered that celebrating Shakespeare has a 100-year old tradition here in Harrisonburg and at JMU – or, the “Normal” as it was affectionately known back in the day. From May 25 – 26, 1916, the Harrisonburg and Madison communities came together for an all-out Shakespearean love-fest captured in “Brilliant Scenes at Pageant’s End,” a Daily News-Record article from May 27th touting Shakespeare’s 300th anniversary as a momentous two-day event with audience members from Harrisonburg, Rockingham and adjoining counties. Children from the Main Street School School star as a very young Queen Elizabeth, Robin Hood, and Foresters (JMU Special Collections Historic Photographs, #Stsk08) Faculty member, Miss Ruth Hudson, organized festivities on Thursday with school groups from Broadway, Waterman, and Continue reading Celebrating Shakespeare – a JMU Tradition