ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 26, 2004) -- The Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections in the Ohio University Libraries concludes its series of exhibits on the history of Ohio's first university with an exhibit titled "Range, Revolution, and the River: Ohio University during the Volatile 1960s and 1970s."
The new exhibit highlights the university's rapid expansion during the 1960s, the devastating floods and the consequential re-routing of the Hocking River, and the campus unrest that was most dramatic when the university closed in mid- May 1970. Dedication programs, newspaper articles and photos of some of the many buildings that arose or were demolished during the period are displayed. Dramatic flood photographs from the 1960s and documentation of the relocation of the river may be seen as well. Materials related to war protest, African American and women's issues, student worker protests, and student support for the United Farm Workers are included.
"The series of exhibits has been one of our many contributions to the observation of Ohio University's bicentennial," said George Bain, head of the Mahn Center. "It is an impressive and striking finale."
University Archivist Bill Kimok, who set up this exhibit, enjoys talking with alumni and others who have been associated with the university since the 1960s and 1970s about their experiences related to the depicted events. But he also enjoys having the opportunity to show off materials to today's students.
"Students on their way through the exhibit area often stop to study the images and to read the documents," Kimok said. "It's important for me to be able to present our materials as a history lesson for them, too."
More detailed information on the series of exhibits may be viewed on the center's web site http://www.library.ohiou.edu/libinfo/depts/archives/exhibits.htm, including a link to selected images from this and the previous four exhibits.
The location of the exhibit is the 5th floor foyer in Alden Library, outside the Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections. The exhibit may be viewed during library hours. A separate but complementary exhibit, "Posters Speak for Themselves," with posters from the late 1920s to the present, may be viewed inside the Mahn Center during its operating hours. The two exhibits will remain in place through December.
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Media Contact: George W. Bain, head of the Robert E. and Jean R. Mahn Center for Archives & Special Collections, (740) 593-2713