Since its inception 159 years ago on the banks of the Red Cedar River, Michigan State has undergone dramatic changes. This exhibit illustrates aspects of campus and student life 50, 100, and 150 years ago.
Take a journey through life at Michigan State University from the early years of the 1860s, through the College’s growing pains in the 1910s, and into MSU’s expansion into a world-class university in the 1960s.
The exhibit features images, handbooks, artifacts, and other materials from our collections. It also includes artifacts recovered by MSU Campus Archaeology during various excavations, including their 2005 excavation of Saint’s Rest, MSU’s first dormitory.
Exhibit space was provided by MSU Special Collections. Theresa Moore, graphic artist at MSU Libraries, did a fantastic job creating the graphics and the layout for us. Many thanks to all who assisted in the creation and installation of this exhibit.