Unboxing the Memories

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Videos of some of the more unusual memorabilia that alumni have lovingly donated to IUP.

Walter’s Work Tools, 1920s

Walter’s Work Tools, 1920s

Many students worked their way through college in the 1920s, but not usually in the coal mines. That’s how Walter Patterson, the 1928 class president and a Penn Relays champion, paid his tuition at Indiana State Teachers College. Harrison Wick, Special Collections librarian and university archivist, shares Walter’s story and his mining tools, donated to IUP by his son, Robert.

Learn more about the 1925 championship relay team in the story “Run to Glory” from IUP Magazine.

See more IUP artifacts and memorabilia in the exhibit Through the Oak Grove: A History of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, September 1-October 27, 2012, at the University Museum.

If you have IUP memorabilia, photographs, or scrapbooks you would like to donate to IUP’s Special Collections and Archives, please contact Wick by e-mail at hwick@iup.edu.

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Kathryn’s Quilt, 1934

Kathryn’s Quilt, 1934

In honor of her graduation in 1934, the family of Kathryn Meiser Barclay made her a quilt with embroidered messages from members of her sorority, Alpha Sigma Alpha, and honor society Kappa Delta Pi. Mary Morgan ’91, associate director for Alumni Relations at IUP, shares the quilt, which Kathryn donated to the university, and her story.

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Peggy’s Sorority Hat, 1945

Peggy’s Sorority Hat, 1945

More than 65 years after she joined Theta Sigma Upsilon at Indiana State Teachers College, now IUP, Peggy McHenry Lepley-Hermann ’49 donated her sorority hat and other mementos to her alma mater. Here, she shares them...and her memories.

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Jesse's Painting: The Way It Was, 1950

Jesse's Painting: The Way It Was, 1950

In 1950, Jesse Hornyak ’53 painted a picture of the goings-on in his dorm room—the top floor of the building now known as Breezedale. About 60 years later, his wife, Marianne Demchak Hornyak ’53, returned the painting, The Way It Was, to the same building, now home to IUP’s alumni center. Jesse Hornyak was an Art Education major who went on to teach art for 35 years at Kish High School in Mifflin County, Pennsylvania. Sharing the story are Elaine Jacobs Smith ’93, editor of IUP Magazine, and Sara Barnett Lawer ’06, M’08, assistant director of Alumni Relations for Outreach.

Learn more about the history of Breezedale, or take a tour of the building.

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Sutton Silver Tea Service, Late 1800s

Sutton Silver Tea Service, Late 1800s

A silver tea service used in the late 1800s by Breezedale’s original inhabitants, James Sutton and Sarah Cook Stansbury Sutton, was returned to the building in 1991 through the estate of a relative, Nancy Lea Sutton. Donna Dickie Putt ’69, a member of the committee responsible for Breezedale’s restoration in the 1980s, discusses the tea set.

Learn more about the history of Breezedale, or take a tour of the building.

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