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Whitworth University creates historical exhibit, book, honoring people and artifacts

September 8, 2014

In honor of Whitworth’s 125th anniversary, the university is hosting a large historical display that tells the story of its enduring legacy. Additionally, the university has published a 280-page hardcover book containing 125 stories about people and 125 stories about iconic things from Whitworth’s past. The exhibit and book, each titled Torchbearers, create a powerful story of Whitworth’s enduring 125-year mission of offering students a mind-and-heart education.

The exhibit is on display in the Harriet Cheney Cowles Library from September 2014 to June 2015. It features exciting information and artifacts from Whitworth’s archives and from personal collections of Whitworth community members. Items on display include George Whitworth’s writing desk; the first print edition of the student newspaper, The Whitworthian; English Professor Leonard Oakland’s typewriter; and some more nostalgic items such as an orange Saga tray.

An opening ceremony and reception for the exhibit will take place Oct. 10 at 5:30 p.m. Those featured in the book are invited to attend, along with the general public, as part of Whitworth's celebratory weekend.

The Torchbearers book will be available in Whitworth’s bookstore and online for $19.99 plus shipping.

For more information about the exhibit and the book, click here.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian church. The university, which has an enrollment of 3,000 students, offers 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.


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