The Baylor University Libraries' latest exhibition, Presidential Inaugurations: Celebrating the Peaceful Transfer of Power, highlights the more than 200-year-old tradition. Timed to honor this year's 57th public swearing-in ceremony on January 21, 2013, the exhibit is on display in the Goodpasture Concourse of Moody Memorial Library now through the end of January.
The exhibit features materials from Inauguration Day activities throughout the years including images, invitations and china replicas. The focal points of the display are boots worn by Baylor President Ken Starr and Former Congressman Chet Edwards, as well as ball gowns worn by their wives Alice Starr and Lee Ann Wood Edwards to a Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball hosted by the Texas State Society of Washington D.C.
"We chose to highlight the Presidential Inauguration activities because in the United States the transfer of power is uniquely peaceful and celebratory," said Director of Special Collections for Central Libraries, Kathy Hillman. "We hope that all members of the Baylor and Waco communities will enjoy this look into the history of inaugural events."