Park University Historical Memorabilia Featured in Exhibit

Sept. 9, 2019 — Rarely seen items from Park University’s Frances Fishburn Archives and Special Collections, featuring a variety of memorabilia and photographs representing key elements from the University’s 144-year history, are currently on display in the Fishburn Archives exhibit space.

Park University Archivist Carolyn Elwess, a 1971 Park graduate, and Ashlyn Weber, senior public history major and Fishburn Archives intern, arranged the “Park Through the Years” exhibit which showcases aspects of the University that have been important to generations of Park alumni, faculty, staff and the Parkville community. Objects on display include items related to athletics, music, religion, literature/publications, science, clubs and buildings, and, as a bow to the University’s humble beginnings, seldom-seen photos and documents representing the labor that not only built the school, but also kept everyone fed.

In addition, memorabilia of special interest and meaning to Park’s Class of 1969, many of whom will return for their 50th reunion as part of the University’s Homecoming and Family Weekend, Sept. 19-21, will be on display. Some of these items are on loan from Jay Flaherty, ’71, Kansas City, Mo.

Our main goal is to give everyone at Park and the local community the opportunity to learn more about the University, no matter what their current role may be,” Weber said. “Park has a rich history that deserves to be displayed.”

The exhibit, which is still growing, is on display in the Fishburn Archives exhibit space through Saturday, Nov. 30. The Fishburn Archives space is located in the University’s Academic Underground near the 6th Street entrance (adjacent to Breckon Sports Center). The space is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.



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