Wrapping up the Semester

By Brad Miller, graduate assistant

 

‘Twas the day before break, when all through the center

not a student was talking, not one would even enter.

The Hollinger boxes were shelved with great care,

In hopes that researchers will soon be there.

 

The fall semester has finally come to an end!

I think I speak for all of the staff, graduate assistants, and undergraduate workers when I say that we have earned our winter break. The past month we have been hard at work installing two new exhibits and facilitating new additions to our Historypin page.

We had the pleasure of partnering once more with Dr. Hoffschwelle’s History 2030: Tennessee History Honors class to expand the Gore Research Center’s presence on Historypin. Most of the students this year were able to use material we recently received from MTSU’s Center for Historic Preservation to explore the rich history of Tennessee’s Century Farms. Check out the historic farms and more on Historypin.

Students from Dr. Hoffschwelle's Tennessee History Honors class present their Historypin projects.

Students from Dr. Hoffschwelle’s History 2030: Tennessee History Honors class presenting their Historypin project

After completing the Veterans History exhibit at the end of October, we were able to turn our complete attention to what would become the “Warriors with Words and Faith: Marion Skeen Coleman Peck and Donald A. Price” exhibit.

  • Marion Peck was an extraordinary woman whose journalism career led her on a journey through the Tennessee Maneuvers, World War II, the Berlin Airlift, and the Civil Rights Movement.
  • Growing up in in the small town of Lebanon, Tennessee, Donald Price went on to attend the United States Military Academy at West Point and serve in the United States Army in Korea, Vietnam, and Germany. Price retired in 1982 as a lieutenant colonel, and now resides in North Carolina.

While the lives of Peck and Price did not intersect, they certainly reflect the determined human spirit and the ability of the individual to make an impact across the globe. I could go into more detail, but I encourage everyone to come over to the Gore Research Center and check it out for yourselves!

The Veterans History: Global Service, Individual Service exhibit (left wall) and Warriors with Words and Faith: Marion Skeen Coleman Peck and Donald A. Price exhibit (right wall)

The Veterans History: Global Service, Individual Service exhibit (left wall) and Warriors with Words and Faith: Marion Skeen Coleman Peck and Donald A. Price exhibit (right wall)

On Thursday, we were pleased to officially open the exhibit to the public and particularly thrilled to host Faye and Donald Price as well as two of Marion’s grandchildren. After months of reading letters, newspaper articles, and other documents about these individuals, we possessed a strangely deep knowledge of Donald and Marion, but nothing compared to hearing the stories in person and gaining insight that written words could never convey. There was nothing more rewarding than interacting with our guests and watching history come alive.

Graduate assistants Casey Gymrek and Sarah Calise look on as our first guests arrive for the exhibit opening

Graduate assistants Casey Gymrek and Sarah Calise look on as our first guests arrive for the exhibit opening

The end of this semester also marks the conclusion of Dr. Jim Williams’ time as director of the Gore Research Center. Dr. Williams will be moving to Missouri to become the new executive director of the National Churchill Museum at Westminster College, where he will also serve as the Sandra and Monroe Trout Professor of Churchillian Studies. We could not be happier for him as he returns back to his Alma mater. Good luck, Dr. Williams!

Happy Holidays! Please be safe in all of your travels!

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One Response to Wrapping up the Semester

  1. mtsugorecenter says:

    From the University Archivist: Although our students are off for a long winter’s nap, the Albert Gore Research Center will be open until December 19. Check our webpage http://gorecenter.mtsu.edu/ for operating hours.

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