Exhibits of Kentucky source materials found in WKU Library Special Collections, WKU Archives and the Kentucky Museum.

Death & Dying:  Communication, Commemoration, and Commodification
Case File 2015

This Corridor Gallery exhibition illustrates a partnership between PCAL, the Kentucky Museum, the University Libraries, and the extended Bowling Green community. The show consists of 11 individual exhibits, each curated, designed and installed by a member of the Fall 2015 Museum and Gallery Studies Class. This project was produced in conjunction with the Kentucky Museum, WKU Library Special Collections and the WKU Archives.Students in the course chose exhibit topics after conducting research on the collections held by the Kentucky Museum and WKU Library Special Collections. They selected and borrowed specific objects from the Museum and Library with which to develop their exhibit themes, and researched and wrote label copy interpreting each piece’s significance. In many cases, student-curators conducted outside interviews with community experts as a part of their research process. All worked with Kentucky Museum exhibits staff to create mounts for and safely install their objects.Our class would like to thank the faculty and staff of the Kentucky Museum and Library Special Collections, without whom this project would not have been possible. Specifically, we extend thanks to Sandy Staebell, Kentucky Museum Collections Curator; Jonathan Jeffrey, Library Special Collections Department Head; and Charles Hurst, Kentucky Museum Preparator, for their many hours of hands-on assistance.Students included are: Angela Arvizu, Kirstyn Capshaw, Hannah Davis, Rachel Haberman, Karen Hogg, Roy D. Lewis Jr., Terrence Lightfoot, Will Phelps, Nick Schaedig, Sydney Varajon, Abby Zibart

Plan for the Campus of the State Normal School
Urban Planning

Urban planning has been part of people's lives since the creation of the first town. As any advertising executive can tell you location is important.This section of the exhibit highlights WKU's efforts in designing the physical university on the Hill in 1909 and the recreation of it in the years since. There are spaces designed for learning and those designed for living and recreation. As the student body has increased the physical plant has extended down the Hill.Also included are plans of real and mythical Kentucky towns. The utopian Hygeia and its contemporaries Lystra and Franklinville were pie in the sky real estate schemes to make land owners wealthy. There are maps of Louisville, one of which indicates building a city in the bend of the Ohio River might not be the best idea. And plats of the smaller towns of Glasgow and Smiths Grove used to document land sales.Berg, Carl. Flood Map, 1937, SB2-19238Bird's Eye View of Frankfort, Kentucky, 1871, S23749Bird's Eye View of the City of Paris, Kentucky, 1870, S23745Historic Urban Plans. Plan of a Proposed Rural Town, to be Called Hygeia, the Property of W. Bullock on the River Ohio, Kentucky, in the United States of America, 1965, M24397Johnson & Browning. The City of Louisville, Kentucky & the City of New Orleans, Louisiana, 1855, S18677Johnson, Johnson & Roy, Inc. Long Range Development Plan for Western Kentucky University, 1965, WKU ArchivesLineberger, Brady. Western Kentucky State Teachers College, 1930, WKU ArchivesPlat of Glasgow, Kentucky, nd, S37255ARyan Associated Architects. WKU Master Plan, 1973, WKU ArchivesTanner, Henry Schenck. Plan of Franklinville, in Mason County, Kentucky, 1796, XS18915Tanner, Henry Schenck. Plan of Lystra in Nelson County, Kentucky, nd, S18982Western Kentucky University. Cherryton, 1920, WKU ArchivesW.H. Cooke Town Lots, Sale, 1911, S29567Wright, Henry. Plan for the Campus of the State Normal School in the Western District for Kentucky, 1909, WKU Archives