Browse Exhibits (4 total)

Wilson College Presidents

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Biographies of Wilson College Presidents from 1869 to present.

Page Turner: The Evolution of the John Stewart Memorial Library


A brief history of the John Stewart Memorial Library on the Wilson College campus.

The Library opened in 1925. An addition was made to the building in the early 1960s.

In 2015, the Library opened with its historic frontage restored and a new learning commons addition to replace the previous iteration. In honor of the new building, the Library and Archives created a display on the library's history, which has been reproduced digitally here.

Antiquities Collection


The Wilson College Antiquities Collection dates to the 1920s, when efforts were begun by Wilson's Classics professor at that time, A. Mildred Franklin, to create a collection of artifacts representative of various periods and styles. The Collection contains objects of Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Mycenaean, and Etruscan origin, dating from the third millennium B.C.E. to 500 C.E. Objects have been contributed by faculty and administration, the Wilson College Classics Club, alumnae, students, and other institutions.

This online exhibit features a small number of pieces from the collection currently on view at the Hankey Center at Wilson College. 

Double click on the thumbnails to view the full photograph and description. 

"Something Bigger Than Myself": Pat Vail and Freedom Summer


The day after three civil rights activists disappeared in Mississippi, Patricia Vail '63 wrote her parents from Oxford, Ohio, expressing her fears as she prepared to join other activists in the deeply racist state.

"We are not safe," Vail, then 22, wrote June 22, 1964, in a letter to her parents, "Like everyone else involved, I realize that I could be killed this summer. I've known this all along[...]In the end I decided that this is a cause that I'm willing to die for."

The Mississippi Summer Project, known as Freedom Summer, was organized by a coalition of civil rights organizations that brought young, idealistic college-age students to Mississippi to register black voters and set up Freedom Schools to teach young children about black history and good citizenship. Organizers hoped that Northern white students working for civil
rights would draw national attention to the extreme brutality and oppression suffered by the black community in Mississippi.

This exhibit highlights Vail's activism and experience during Freedom Summer. Double click on the thumbnails to view the full document and description.