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Exhibits Showcase Berea's Distinctions

You turn a corner, and there they are. The exhibits appear to be unassuming display cases, or simply some mounted photographs on the wall, but each one holds an important piece of Berea College's history.

Some of the historic exhibits around campus.

Organized as part of Berea's Sesquicentennial Celebration, these small exhibits are placed in strategic locations around campus to educate, amuse, and provoke thought. One exhibit focuses on Eleanor Frost, the wife of former college president William Frost, and retells her journey across Appalachia in 1914. Frost wanted to see if Berea College was truly beneficial to the region. Another exhibit contains quirky photos and facts about the different eating establishments in Berea through the years.

The exhibits currently on display include:

"Skittles @ Berea and Beyond", in the Woods-Penn Commons. It features twenty seven different skittles games and a 6 minute video showing many of them in use. Produced by the Artifacts & Exhibits Studio of the Appalachian Center.

"Pizza, People, and Perseverance: A Social History of Eating in Berea", in the Frost Building foyer. It includes stories and pictures from several local eating establishments and campus dining designed by student curator Sara Eileen Rhatican. A second part of the exhibit will be displayed next spring. This exhibit is produced by the Artifacts & Exhibits Studio of the Appalachian Center.

“My own vision was enriched: Eleanor Frost’s 1914 Trip Through Appalachia", is on display on the lower floor of Hutchins Library. This exhibit tells the story of three people, Eleanor Frost, her son Cleveland, and the teacher Miss Olive Sinclair on a journey that changed both them and Berea College. This exhibit was designed by student curator Sarah Ramsey and was produced by the Artifacts & Exhibits Studio of the Appalachian Center.

"Bruce-Trades: Home to Learning, Labor & Service Since 1903", is on display in the Bruce-Trades building entry. This exhibit displays a photographic collage of two of Berea’s most dynamic buildings. It's produced by the Artifacts & Exhibits Studio of the Appalachian Center.

"Memories on the Landscape: Buildings Now Gone from Berea", is displayed on upper floor of Hutchins Library and in the entry of the alumni office. This display features photographs, stories and maps of interesting places from Berea's past which have since been destroyed or lost. It's produced by the Artifacts & Exhibits Studio of the Appalachian Center.

Professor Richard Sears’ "Histories of Fee, Berea, and Camp Nelson: A Celebration", can be seen on the first floor of the Draper Building. It showcases some of Dr. Sears' many books and articles. It's produced by the Berea College Department of English, Theater and Speech.

"Berea College Theatre in the Phoenix" is displayed in the Jelkyl Building lobby. It contains photographs and objects from past productions and a brief description of the Phoenix theatre years (1973-1980). It's produced by the Berea College Department of English, Theater and Speech.

More exhibits will be opening throughout Berea's sesquicentennial. For more information, contact Christopher Miller at (859) 985-3373.

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