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Nicholls library to host anniversary exhibit

THIBODAUX, La. — Ellender Memorial Library invites you to walk through time with its newest archival exhibit celebrating the 70th Anniversary of when Nicholls State University opened its doors.

“Nicholls Goes Platinum: 70 years of Nicholls History” features photographs and artifacts from historical moments on Nicholls’ campus. Items on display include a photo of Nicholls first president Dr. Charles Elkins breaking ground on the campus in 1947, the class assignment board former registrar James Powell used to organize classes, the first ticket sold to a Nicholls football game and some of the early textbooks, student IDs, class schedules and diplomas.

“This exhibit will have a compilation of photos, memorabilia and artifacts that tell the story of Nicholls State University over the last 70 years,” said Clifton Theriot, library director. “We have displays dedicated to people, places and things important to Nicholls past, including events, like Western Week; the evolution of our mascot, Col. Tillou; and campus organizations, like ROTC.”

A grand opening of the exhibit will be held following the Nicholls Alumni Jazz Brunch at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 23 – the day, 70 years ago, that Francis T. Nicholls Junior College opened.

The exhibit, which is free and open to the public, will be available to view from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the archives and special collections department of the library, located on the first floor. The exhibit will be open through December.


CONTACT: Jacob Batte, Media Relations and Publications Coordinator, 985.448.4141 or jacob.batte@www.nicholls.edu

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