The NMSU Library announces a new exhibit, “New Mexico Agricultural College 1901-1920: The Forgotten Presidents: Foster, Garrison, Ladd and Crile.” The free public exhibit will run from October 15 through mid-February 2014 in the Milton Gallery on the fourth floor of NMSU’s Branson Library.
The exhibit, organized by University Archivist Martha Shipman Andrews, draws from photographs and documents from NMSU’s Hobson-Huntsinger University Archives.
Shipman said, “The exhibit explores a turbulent time in NMSU’s history when it was struggling with its identity and its relationships with the state and federal governments. Each of these presidents brought unique talents and interests as leaders but faced such challenging circumstances as low enrollment, changing curriculum, political opposition, financial catastrophe and, not the least, world war and epidemic.”
The exhibit encompasses NMSU presidents Luther Foster (1901-1908), Dr. Winfred Ernest Garrison (1908-1913), Dr. George Edgar Ladd (1913-1917) and the Reverend Austin D. Crile (1917-1920).
Historian Dr. Rick Hendricks will present a lecture on President Garrison at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, on the fourth floor of Branson Library. October is Archives Month nationally and the New Mexico State Archives theme in honor of the month is agriculture.
For more information, contact Andrews at (575) 646-5028 or Archives & Special Collections at (575) 646-3839.