On Monday, August 9, nineteen first and second graders from the summer day care program at Bailey school in East Lansing visited the University Archives & Historical Collections to learn what the archives does and a little bit about MSU history. Public Services Archivist Portia Vescio led the session with the Bailey students, with Director Cynthia Ghering and intern Stephanie Soule assisting.
Some of the fun historical information the students learned was about Liberty Hyde Bailey, the 1882 Michigan State graduate and former horticulture professor, for whom their school is named. The students saw several of the historical materials in the archives, including scrapbooks, posters, and ledgers that were as big as the students themselves. The first and second graders also saw a freshman beanie and got the opportunity to decorate their own beanie (paper hat). Finally, students were given a diploma at the end of the session.