With Homecoming 2014 just around the corner, a lot of planning has been underway at the library. This year is special for Palmer College of Chiropractic because we will be celebrating 100 Years of Homecoming. We decided to create a slideshow of images along with an exhibit on display to view during the August 7th- 9th Homecoming festivities.
We found some wonderful images of B.J. Palmer parading up and down Brady Street, images of Palmer students wearing lyceum ribbons, and some images of the large banquets and gatherings that have taken place during Homecoming. We decided to focus on 4 different eras, 1914-1930s, 1940s-1964, 1965-1970s, and 1980s-2014. With one of the eras we quickly ran into a problem. We just didn’t have many images, or documentation of Homecoming during the 1940s- 1950s. Surely, they had fancy luncheons, had parades, and shared knowledge? It turns out we didn’t have much documentation because not a lot happened for Palmer Homecoming during this time. With World War II, a lot of Palmer students were drafted and with funds low, we didn’t have a lot of social programing that happened during this time. Although this era took a bit more digging and a few idea changes, in the end we were able to find items that we feel represent it quite well.
We also had a bit of a setback when we decided to add recordings of B.J. and Dave Palmer to the slideshow. We very much liked the idea of adding their voices to the slideshow and thought that we could easily find a clip of both men talking at Homecoming. Finding a nice clip of Dr. David D. Palmer came quite easily, but finding one of Dr. B.J. Palmer proved more difficult. We have recordings of him introducing people or talking about the power of innate, but nothing specifically Homecoming. We listened to tapes for hours until we found just the right 30 second clip to add to the slideshow.
Now, we are drawing to a close and we have our display and slideshow ready to go. We have also planned to bring back our book sale, which will include green books for purchase. We also plan to sell bookmarks, posters of the original 1914 Lyceum handbill and historical replica buttons.
Come visit us to learn more about the 100 Years of Homecoming. Be sure to check out our booth in the Alumni Auditorium, Aug. 7th-9th. Also, Special Services is open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm and for this week only, Saturday 8:30am-5:00pm. We are located in L103, on the 1st floor of the David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library.
–Rosemary and Noelle