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‘Campus Pioneers: The First 25 Years of Women at Gonzaga’ Exhibition Open at Foley Center

(Photo courtesy of Gonzaga University Special Collections)

Gonzaga coeds in front of Madonna Hall, circa 1957. (Photo courtesy of Gonzaga University Archives)

SPOKANE, Wash. – “Campus Pioneers: The First 25 Years of Women at Gonzaga, 1948-1973,” a new free and public exhibition guest curated by Ellen Schuster (’19), is open for viewing in the Cowles Reading Room on the third floor of the Foley Center Library through May.

Coeds on the steps of College Hall, 1948-1949 from left: Mary Ann Koebbe, Rita McIntyre, and Marion “Sunny” Gray. (Courtesy Gonzaga University Archives)

Coeds on the steps of College Hall, 1948-1949 from left: Mary Ann Koebbe, Rita McIntyre, and Marion “Sunny” Gray. (Courtesy Gonzaga University Archives)

The exhibition, which is free and open to the public, shows the impact that female students had on Gonzaga University’s campus when they were first admitted in 1948 and in two decades following. With more than 70 documents, photographs, and items from the University Archives and Special Collections, the exhibition helps to chronicle how and when these changes occurred through faculty, athletics, academics, organizations, and student life.

Examples of items found in the exhibition include excerpts from past issues of the Gonzaga Bulletin student newspaper, a 1968-1969 St. Catherine/St. Monica scrapbook, Spires yearbooks from the 1960s and 1970s, and a variety of photographs taken from 1948 to 1973.

The exhibition can be viewed from 9 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on weekends or online at http://researchguides.gonzaga.edu/coeducation. For more information, please contact Special Collections Librarian Stephanie Plowman at (509) 313-3847 or via email at plowman@gonzaga.edu.

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