On Friday, October 23, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., The Texas Collection at the Carroll Library will kick off Baylor's 100th Homecoming anniversary with a ceremony dedicating Texas Historical Markers to commemorate Old Main, Georgia Burleson Hall, Carroll Science and the Burleson Quadrangle. The project was a collaborative effort between The Texas Collection and Dr. Michael Parrish, Bowers Professor of American History, with funding for the markers provided by Mr. D.M. Edwards of Tyler, a member of the Baylor Library Board of Advisors.
Following the dedication of two Texas Historical Markers for the Carroll Library and The Texas Collection in October 2008, Dr. Tom Charlton, director of The Texas Collection, and Dr. Parrish began working together to have additional markers placed around the Burleson Quadrangle. Graduate students from Dr. Parrish's Public History Seminar conducted the initial research for the plaques. The semester-long project resulted in 7-10 page narratives for each plaque, which were then submitted along with applications to the Texas Historical Commission in Austin by Dr. Michelle Toon, Chair of the McLennan County Historical Commission.
"The Texas Collection is proud to be located on what arguably might be called the most historic part of the Baylor campus. Our Carroll Library building was among the first four buildings erected in Waco after the university moved here from Independence in 1886," said Dr. Charlton. "Our work in The Texas Collection often takes us into historic preservation challenges, but the work we are in about the four additional markers for the quad is a good example of how academic pursuits of our students can contribute to both the beautification of the campus and celebrations of milestones of Baylor history."
Dr. Parrish believes the project was more than just a class assignment.
"This effort will add emphasis to Burleson Quadrangle as the heart of the campus and in many ways the heart of Baylor," said Dr. Parrish. "Nearly every Baylor student has walked through the Quadrangle at one time, and I hope that the historical markers will invite students, alumni and visitors to appreciate how many have gone before them and how they sacrificed enormously to ensure that Baylor would be successful."
These additional plaques will bring Baylor's on-campus count of official Texas State Historical Markers to 11. Eight of those markers were funded by Mr. D.M. Edwards-- two at the Armstrong Browning Library, two at the Carroll Library and the remaining four markers at the Quadrangle.
"This is an opportunity to recognize the history and heritage of what Baylor University has meant to Texas and the world," Mr. Edwards said.
The dedication ceremony will take place outside the Carroll Library building as part of the Baylor 2009 Homecoming festivities from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23. Following the ceremony and refreshments, guests are invited to tour The Texas Collection where photos, Baylor documents and other Baylor Homecoming memorabilia will be on display.
For more information, visit The Texas Collection Website.