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University Museum to Host Lecture Series about IUP History

IUP memorabiliaYou love IUP, but how well do you know IUP? Four lectures are offered this fall by the University Museum in conjunction with the exhibit Through the Oak Grove: A History of Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Lectures will be presented from September 19 through October 17 from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the University Museum, on the first floor of John Sutton Hall.

The lectures are free and open to the community. Parking on the IUP campus is free after 5:00 p.m.

The exhibit, which runs through October 27, features many items from the IUP Special Collections and University Archives, including memorabilia donated by alumni and IUP departments and offices, as well as historical information and displays about IUP buildings and grounds, student activities and Greek life, athletics and prominent figures, such as Jane Leonard and Willis Pratt.

Topics and presenters:

September 19: IUP Archives: Harrison Wick, IUP Special Collections librarian and university archivist, who co-curated the exhibit with Rhonda Yeager, assistant archivist, will discuss his department and the many artifacts, memorabilia, photographs, publications, paintings and scrapbooks featured in the exhibition. His talk will include a walking tour of the exhibit.

October 3: The Founders: Charles Cashdollar, professor emeritus of history at IUP, will discuss the creation of Indiana State Normal School.

October 10: Indiana County and Indiana State Teachers College Go to War: George Wiley, professor emeritus of history, and Susan Drummond, instruction librarian, will discuss the many adjustments local residents and the college community had to make during World War II.

October 17: A Women’s History of IUP: Theresa McDevitt, government information/outreach librarian, and assistant archivist Rhonda Yeager will explore—through photographs, stories and references to current campus landmarks—the mark women have made on the history of the university.

The University Museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 2:00 to 6:30 p.m.; Thursdays from noon to 7:30 p.m.; and Saturdays from noon to 4:00 p.m. There is no charge for admission.