June 9, 2009
Every year Alumni House asks me to have the Archives open for reunion, but no one comes. We had a discussion about it and they put up a looping PowerPoint I did inviting people to come and see a display. The display was most clothes and beanies, etc from yesteryear.
I couldn’t believe the difference. We must have had close to 30 people. At one point there were so many I had to call for help! Here are a few of the things that delighted me:
- A person who had donated many items to us, but I had never met face-to-face. He wanted to see the fraternity paddle he had given us.
- Someone who had met FDR when he was here receiving an honorary degree and giving the commencement address. FDR was governor at the time.
- A man from ’38 who wanted to see his editorials in the Herald. I could only let him use the microfilm. As luck would have it one of my former student workers, Dan Goble ’04, stopped with his wife to say hello. I had to put him to work finding and setting up the film. Thanks so much Dan!! I wish I had had more time to talk with you.
- Someone who is going to send me a good size piece of the goal post from the game in which Hobart beat the Uof R at football.
- A man who wanted to know what year Hobart played Army? (1936) What the the score was? (Army 51, Hobart 7) and How many students did Hobart have at the time? (308). The answers were obtained in yearbooks and catalogs of the time period.
- Someone who wanted to see his Honors Thesis.
- Many looking at the yearbooks.
I was only open on Friday, but am told that people were looking for the display on Saturday as well. Next year we may have to increase our hours.
It’s a lot more fun when someone actually comes to your party!