NSU Presidents exhibit up at Watson Library

pres-exhibit-1NATCHITOCHES – The Cammie G. Henry Research Center at Northwestern State University’s Watson Library is presenting an exhibit to celebrate the history of the university, its presidents and their families.

The exhibit showcases each of Northwestern State’s presidents and is comprised of materials from their investitures, photographs, correspondences and other artifacts including a set of silver that was used in the President’s Home, glassware of President John S. Kyser, the first bracelet given out for the Lady of the Bracelet, and a letter from Rep. Leopold Caspari discussing the difficulties of getting the college founded,” said Nolan Eller, assistant archivist.  “The exhibit also focuses on the personal side of our presidents, and includes many wonderful artifacts relating to the first families of Northwestern.”

Some of the highlights are photographs and personal correspondences of the Kyser family, Tyson family, Fredericks family and the Kilpatrick family.

“We also have on display correspondences from F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway to local author James Aswell, the son of President James B. Aswell,” Eller said.

This exhibit will be up through May 11 in celebration of the Investiture of Northwestern State’s 18th president, Dr. James Henderson. The exhibit is located in the hallway of the third floor of the Watson library and inside the Cammie G. Henry Research Center.

Hours at the Cammie G. Henry Research Center at 8 a.m-5 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m.-noon Friday.  For more information, contact Eller at (318) 357-4585 or e-mail ellern@nsula.edu.  Information on the CGHRC can be found at library.nsula.edu/cammie-henry-research-center.