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Centennial Exhibit Opens

Joyner Library’s Special Collections department has recently opened a new series of exhibits to celebrate ECU’s Centennial in 2007.

The first exhibit in the series, “The Founding of an Institution: East Carolina Teachers Training School, 1907-1921,” runs through Sept. 15. The exhibit offers a glimpse into the first years of East Carolina, drawn primarily from university archives. It features photographs, drawings, blueprints and various artifacts. Also on display are two garments — founding President Robert Wright’s ceremonial cap and gown and his wife’s wedding dress.

The exhibit series, “A Century of Education and Impact: The History of East Carolina University” consists of four exhibits, each highlighting a specific period of ECU’s development. The series runs through 2007.

This first exhibit in the series, curated by graduate student Adrienne Rea, is a close look at life on the ECTTS campus.

“The exhibit covers the earliest era of East Carolina’s history, from charter through construction to educating teachers for Eastern North Carolina,” said Suellyn Lathrop, university archivist.

The other three exhibits in the series look at East Carolina’s transformation from East Carolina Teachers Training School to East Carolina University.

The exhibit is located in Joyner Library’s Special Collections Department. For more information, call 328-6671, or visit

This page originally appeared in the April 17, 2006 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at