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WGNS spotlights Gore Center, Walker Library, alumni activities

Jim Havron, Albert Gore Research Center oral history coordinator and archivist, is part of the June 16 WGNS “Action Line” program, where he discussed the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. (MTSU photos by News and Media Relations)

MTSU faculty and staff again shared their expertise with listeners of WGNS Radio during the June 16 “Action Line” program with veteran host Bart Walker.

The live program was broadcast on FM 100.5, 101.9 and AM 1450 from the WGNS studio in downtown Murfreesboro. Don’t worry if you missed it; you can listen to a podcast of the show here.

Guests included:

• Jim Havron, oral history coordinator and archivist at the Albert Gore Research Center at MTSU, who discussed the Library of Congress Veterans History Project. The Albert Gore Center is asking the public to help continue honoring the military veterans still with us.The center is an official partner in the Library of Congress Veterans History Project and wants to continue adding veterans’ stories to its extensive archives.

For more information, visit http://gorecenter.mtsu.edu/AdoptVeteran.pdf.

Veterans and those who know a veteran who would like to be interviewed should contact Havron at Jim.Havron@mtsu.edu.

• Dr. Alan Boehm, director of special collections for the James E. Walker Library,who discussed the library’s special exhibit, “The American Body: Medicine, Malady, and Morality in 19th Century Print.” It will be on display from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday through the summer and into early fall.

Dr. Alan Boehm, director of the special collections for the James E. Walker Library, is a part of the June 16 WGNS “Action Line” interview, discussing the library’s special exhibit, “The American Body: Medicine, Malady, and Morality in 19th Century Print.”

The books on display range from those that espouse the philosophy of New Hampshire farmer Samuel Thompson, who advocated using herbs to promote healing, to eclectic medicine, a practice combining herbs with professional training and a rudimentary knowledge of anatomy and physiology.

Catherine Beecher, the sister of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin” author Harriet Beecher Stowe, has two books included in the MTSU exhibit. You can read the full story at http://mtsunews.com/walker-library-american-body-exhibit.

• Rhonda King, assistant director, MTSU Alumni Relations, who discussed the remaining MTSU Alumni Summer of Fun and other activities, including the Wednesday through Friday, June 25-27, Alumni Summer College and Saturday, Oct. 18, Homecoming 2014.

Rhonda King, MTSU Alumni Relations assistant director, talks about Summer of Fun activities, Alumni Summer College and Homecoming 2014 during the June 16 WGNS “Action Line” show.

Activities also include the Friday, July 11, Alumni and Friends Night with the Jackson Generals at The Ballpark at Jackson just off Interstate 40 in Jackson, Tennessee; the Friday, July 25, MTSU Alumni and Friends Day at Nashville Shores in Hermitage, Tennessee; and the July 1-31 MTSU Alumni and Friends Month at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.

You can get more details about Alumni Summer of Fun events here.

Alumni Summer College is an opportunity for alumni and friends to return to campus and become reacquainted with the university and each other through a series of interesting classes and fun tours.

The theme for the seventh annual Alumni Summer College is “A Time that Changed Everything: Stories from the American Civil War.” This year’s event will feature a variety of Civil War-related lectures as well as visits to local sites such as Stones River National Battlefield, the Oaklands Historic House Museum, Belle Meade Plantation in Nashville and others. You can get more details here.

MTSU students, alumni and friends of the university also will be preparing for the mid-October homecoming events, which will bring thousands of alumni from across the country to reconnect with their True Blue roots. The Golden Raiders class of 1964 will be featured; additional details will be announced later.

Call 615-898-2922 or visit http://mtalumni.com for information about alumni events.

— Jimmy Hart (Jimmy.Hart@mtsu.edu)