A Century of Seasons: The History of Florida State Athletics
Florida State University’s Special Collections presents A Century of Seasons: The History of Florida State Athletics. Visitors are invited to explore the history of Florida State athletics, which spans over ten decades, from the turn of the century to the modern day.
Beginning in 1905 and ending in 1947 Tallahassee’s campus was a women’s college, then known as Florida State Women’s College (F.S.C.W.). These forty-years were marked by energetic school spirit, enthusiastic intramural rivalries and vibrant traditions. Our exhibit highlights this age of intramural competition between Odd and Even classes with images, documents and artifacts.
After the inception of Florida State University in 1947, sports exploded. Now able to have varsity teams because of the addition of men to the student body, the Tallahassee past time of Seminole fanaticism began. Photos, artifacts and ephemera from FSU’s favorite sports teams are on display in this exhibit, as well as forgotten athletic groups like Tarpon Club, the women’s synchronized swimming club, and Gymkana, FSU’s premier gymnastics show troupe.
A Century of Seasons: The History of Florida State Athletics is open from 10am-6pm in the Strozier Exhibit Room until February 2014.
Seeing Others as Ourselves: Lois Lenski's Adventures in Understanding
A lecture on children's author and illustrator Lois Lenski given by Joy Kasson, PhD is being hosted by FSU Libraries Special Collections and Archives on September 12, 2013 at 5:45pm. The vent will be held in the Strozier Library Exhibit Room. This event is free and open to the public. Please RSVP by September 6 by calling (850) 645-9942. Donations will be accepted. See event page here.
Joy Kasson is a professor of American Studies and English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is the author of two books on nineteenth-century American art and culture, and currently serves as Andrew W. Mellon Distinguished Scholar for Carolina Performing Arts. She is presently at work on a book about children's author and illustrator Lois Lenski.
Lois Lenski was a popular American writier and illustrator of picture books for children, as well as novels for young adults. She produced a delightful series of regional novels about children across the United States including her most famous work, Strawberry Girl, about a young girl in Florida. This work received the Newberry Medal.
Farms, Fields, and Florida: Lois Lenski Illustrating the South
The members of Dr. Teri Abstein’s spring 2013 Museum Object class have been working with Florida State University Special Collections to design the exhibit entitled Farms, Fields, and Florida: Lois Lenski Illustrating the South. Through materials that have not been on display since Lenski presented them herself, the exhibition highlights the children’s author’s connection with the rural south, focusing on the state of Florida. Showcasing tales such as Bayou Suzette (recounting the life of a young Cajun girl in Louisiana), Strawberry Girl (the Newbery Award winning novel depicting the life of a young Cracker girl in Florida), and Judy’s Journey (tracking a young migrant girl’s travels through the south and eastern coast), the exhibition displays the rustic yet realistic tapestry of Southern life woven by Lenski. In addition, with featured photo albums, handwritten manuscripts, fan letters, original illustrations, and her published books, visitors receive a glimpse into Lenski’s own life and process. A digital exhibit to complement the physical exhibit is available here.