Exhibits created about various topics in WKU's history.
Helm Library was originally constructed as the Health & Physical Education Building. Designed by Brinton Davis, it contained a gymnasium with a 5,000 person capacity as well as classrooms, offices and a shooting range for the Physical Education and ROTC / Military Science departments. It has occasionally be confused with the Red Barn which was the gymnasium it replaced in 1931.Plans were made to convert the building for a library while Diddle Arena was under construction. In 1963, renovations began which created a 70,000 square foot library that could accommodate over a 1/2 million books on three floors with a seating capacity for 1,000 students. The building also provided space for Library Science and Industrial Arts departments. It was dedicated on October 14, 1967 and named for librarian Margie Helm.
Parking at WKU is a constant topic among students and faculty. The parking at WKU has evolved and changed just as the university itself has evolved and changed. Is the parking better? Is it worse? You tend to get different answers from different people across the campus, and that is what is interesting. The purpose of this exhibit is to show how much parking and transportation has changed through Western's history.This exhibit was created by student intern Beth Sutherland in the spring semester of 2018. Additional items will be added as appropriate.
1949 Teddy Lou Johnson of London, Alpha Phi Omega1950 Jean Amos of Cave City1951 Nancy Atkinson of White Plains, Talisman1952 Tyler Diemer of Jeffersontown, Talisman1953 Jane Winchester of Taylorsville1954 Netta Oldham of Owensboro, Baptist Campus Ministries1955 Pattye Thompson of Bowling Green1956 Shirley Barnes of Beaver Dam, Band1957 Phyllis Robinson of Hazard, Cheerleader1958 Marilyn Norris of Seymour, IN1959 Alice Chumbley of Jamestown, Cheerleader1960 Dianne Robinson of Hazard, Cheerleader1961 Martha Jo Johnson of Scottsville, Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Epsilon Delta1962 Wanda Steenbergen of Glasgow, Pi Sigma Upsilon1963 Pat Norman of Glasgow, Rebelettes1964 Christine DeVries of Bowling Green, Pi Sigma Upsilon, Alpha Delta Pi1965 Linda Thomas of Burkesville1966 Sharon Roby of Owensboro1967 Pat Hunt of Bowling Green, Chi Omega1968 Charlsie Malone of Clarksville, TN1969 Dru Gibson Bowling Green1970 Suzanne Riggins of Jonesboro, AR1971 Brynda Taylor of Louisville, Chi Omega1972 Alice Gatewood of Bowling Green, Delta Sigma Theta1973 Cherie Hoxworth of Beaver Dam, Alpha Omicron Pi1974 Patricia Smith of Glasgow1975 Brenday Smiley of Vanzant1976 Marissa Greene of Winchester1977 Joyce Ann Haskins of Campbellsville, Delta Sigma Theta1978 Connie Gibson of Hodgenville1979 Betty Thompson of Bowling Green1980 Jane Lockin of Benton, IL1981 Sandy Douglas of Henderson1982 Mary Beth DiCastro of Lexington1983 Julie Lippert of Paducah, Chi Omega1984 Julie Sams of Bowling Green1985 Tara Wassom of Fort Campbell, Chi Omega1986 Whitney Auslander of Louisville, Kappa Delta1987 Elizabeth Williams of Jamestown1988 Shelly Thomas of Henderson, Kappa Delta1989 Ruth Hosse of Brentwood, TN, Alpha Omicron Pi1990 Jill Antle of Louisville, Chi Omega1991 Nancy Rascoe of Bowling Green, Kappa Delta1992 Jennifer Mize of Cerulean, Alpha Omicron Pi1993 Melissa Baggarly of Beaver Dam1994 Andrea Wilson of Somerset, Phi Mu1995 Sybil Mathis of Paducah, Delta Sigma Theta1996 Laura Hall of Louisville, Chi Omega1997 Leigh Ann Sears of Mayfield, Alpha Delta Pi1998 Stephanie Cosby of Greenville, Spirit Masters1999 Melissa Pickrell of Paris, Kappa Delta2000 Jacqueline Ayers of Louisville, Delta Sigma Theta2001 Katie Staples of Brandenburg, Kappa Delta2002 Laura Allen of Richmond, Alpha Omicron Pi2003 Paola Cassana of Cajamarca, Peru, Spirit Masters2004 Destiny Smith of Bowling Green, Delta Omicron2005 Sarah Morris of Germantown, TN, Chi Omega2006 BryAnn Roth of Neenah, WI, Spirit Masters2007 Jeanne Johnson of Marion, KY, Student Government Association2008 Diane DeRosa-Reynolds of Union, KY, Kappa Delta2009 Rachel Reetzke of Franklin, KY, Chi Omega2010 Josclynn Brandon of Indianapolis, IN, Alpha Kappa Alpha2011 Ashleigh Miller of Bedford, Spirit Masters2012 Amy Winkler of Murray, Alpha Delta Pi2013 Taylor Emberton of Glasgow, Kappa Delta2014 Ellie Jolly of Cadiz, Chi Omega2015 Karen Powell of Louisville, Kappa Delta2016 Mallory Vaughn of Bowling Green, Chi Omega2017 Katherine Crider of Dawson Springs, Delta Zeta2018 Makayle Botts of Glasgow, Alpha Omega Pi2019 Allyson Taylor of Lancaster, Delta Sigma Pi2020 Sarah Harne of Liberty, Alpha Delta Pi2021 Abbey Norvell of Corbin, Alpha Omicron Pi
Military queens were crowned at the annual military ball held in the fall of the year. They are reported in the following year annual.1939 Mary Puryear1940 Eleanor Ford1941 Mary Ella Riddle1942 Jeane Payne1943 Beatrice Binzel1944 Martha Stevens1945 Betty Roberts1946 Judy Stevens1947 Joy Davis1948 Teddy Lou Johnson of London1949 Lou Nell Russell1950 Jean Amos of Cave City1951 June Mitchell1952 Laura Stuart1953 Clara Lilly1954 Joan Grabruck1955 Jane Lovell1956 Michael Ann Ehret1957 Glenda Winn1958 Barbara Humphries of Bowling Green1959 Carolyn Turner of Cerulean1960 Diane Rigsby of Russellville1961 Roberta Johnson of Scottsville1962 Dianne Howard of Caneyville1963 Pat Norman of Glasgow1964 Judy Sprague1965 Kandy Kohlmeyer1966 Pat Hunt of Bowling Green1967 Cheryl Carnahan1968 Gwynne Tuell1969 Peggy Swinney1970 Tina Showalter of Louisville1971 Marilyn Finck of Louisville1974 Sandy Haworth1977 Lovis Lawrence of Auburn1980 Tammy Logan of Hopkinsville
1971 Carolyn Brown of Louisville1972 Beverly Williams of Glasgow1973 Antoinette Wearren of Richmond1974 Cheryl Harvey1975 Sydney Stringer of Miami, FL1976 Jeannelle Johnson of Midland, TX1977 Marsha Troutman1978 Diane Butts, Bowling Green, KY1979 Anita Orr, Nashville, TN1980 Nina Bradley of Fort Campbell1981 Betty Baker of Cadiz1982 Marty Glass of Louisville1983 Connie Banks of Nashville, TN1984 Lisa McGuire1985 Sherita Bailey1986 Natasha Wastkins1987 Shannon Green of Henderson1988 Michelle Bachelor of Louisville1989 Glenda Harbin of Louisville1991 DaChonne Rucker of Nashville, TN1992 Deondra Wardelle of Louisville1993 Tojuana Kendall, Paris, TN1994 Stephanie Smith, Paducah2000 Melissa Hatsfield, Paducah2003 Katherine Sharber, Mortons Gap2004 Candace Edwards, Chicago, IL2005 Cecile Shell, Indianapolis, IN2006 Kimberlee Robinson, Nashville, TN2015 Shantel-Ann Pettway2016 ShaylinKaliea Martin2017 Alexus Reed
1933 Hallie Penn1934 Janie Hildreth1935 Virginia Pittman1936 Dorothy Wood of Missouri1937 Madelyn Drake1938 Virginia Dent1939 Sara Thompson of Anderson, SC1940 Eleanor Fell of Pensacola, FL1941 Marilynn Steinkamp1942 Betsy Buckner1943-1945 no yearbooks due to World War II1946 Doris Curtis1947 Brenda Stone1948 Jean Junkin1949 Jo Ella Junkin1950 Charlotte Roberts1951 Ada Hopkins1952 Jean Horn1954 Sue Mayhugh1955 Ann Embry1956 Cary Hevia of Havana, Cuba1957 Darlene Phelps of Russell Springs, KY1958 Ann Mayer of Greenville, MS1959 Betty Estes of Radcliff, KY1960 Patricia Lowe1961 Mary Cook of Bowling Green, KYUpon the creation of WKU in 1906 the business section of the Southern Normal School became the Bowling Green Business University. It remained in operation in downtown Bowling Green until 1963 when it merged back with WKU as the College of Commerce. Here is a list of the known women who were named Miss Business University aka Miss B.U. If you are aware of others not herein named, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1940 Mary Huston of Senatobia, MS1941 Nancy Handley1942 Velma Janzen1943-1945 no yearbooks due to World War II1946 Evans Cooner1947 Elizabeth White1948 Jean Reddick1950 Beth Francis1951 Merial Ingram1952 Mary King1953 Norma Farley of Princeton, WV1954 Betty Rosenblatt of Hawesville, KY1955 Mickell Kraus1956 Ann Vantrease of Gallatin, TN1957 Cary Hevia of Havana, Cuba1958 Jane Copeland of Livingston, TN1959 Glenda Cobb of Bowling Green, KY1960 Linda Baskett1961 Muriel Wright of Russellville, KY1963 Mary Moore of Lawrenceburg, TNUpon the creation of WKU in 1906 the business section of the Southern Normal School became the Bowling Green Business University. It remained in operation in downtown Bowling Green until 1963 when it merged back with WKU as the College of Commerce. The yearbook for the BGBU was called the Towers. As you can see from the photo, the school resembled a castle with towers. Here is a list of the known women who were named Miss Towers. If you are aware of others not herein named, please contact us at email@example.com.
1967 Charlotte Lyle1968 Tina Showalter of Louisville1969 Susan Chaffin1970 Kathy Knight1971 Mary Sowers1972 Lois Eigelbach of Louisville1973 Kitty Hall of Louisville1974 Adele Gleaves1975 Kelly McDonald1979 Laura Hubbard of Leitchfield1980 Beth Bailey of Bowling Green1981 Tammy McCubbins of Horse Cave1982 Elizabeth DeLap of Nashville, TN1983 Deborah McBride of Leitchfield1984 Angela Speck of Elizabethtown1985 Jennifer Drury of Gilbertsville1990 Betsy Drewry of Murfreesboro, TN1991 Kelly McDonald of Nashville, TN1992 Jennifer Peyton of Dawson Springs1993 Lee Ann Chaney of Franklin
The Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival was first held in 1931 in Bell County. In 1933 the festival was moved to Pine Mountain State Park where it has been held annually except for World War II years 1942 to 1947. Queen candidates are chosen from Kentucky colleges and universities. WKU has sent a representative to most of the festivals and some of our candidates have brought home the Mountain Laurel crown:1934 Mary Walton1937 Marjorie Galloway, Bowling Green Business University student1953 Sue Lynch1957 JoAnn Faulkner1959 Alice Chumbley1960 Lana Jones, Bowling Green Business University student1978 Mona Wortham1984 Melodye Hughes2002 Lisa Chestnut2015 Lindsay Tate Ratliff
Athenian Kings & Queens1967 Carmen Willoughby1967 Steve House1968 Claudia Fowler1968 Fred Fenimore1969 Doris Brennan1969 Dennis Koon1970 Sally Webb1970 Steve Garrett1971 Claudia Houston of Galloway1971 Marshall Galloway of SedaliaBasketball1952 Pat Horn1953 Pat Barker1954 Shirley Smith1955 Juanita Chinn1956 Gayle Bryant1957 Phyllis Robinson of Hazard1958 Alice Chumbley of JamestownComing Home Kings1994 Jason Young2001 Tim Gilbert2002 Aaron Spencer2016 Taylor Bowling2021 Bradon BurksMay Queen - Bowling Green Business University1933 Adeline Grissom1934 Sara Gylor1935 Frances Knight1936 Virginia NeelyMiss Kentucky1951 Dottye Nuckols1960 Alice Chumbley of Jamestown1967 Joann Clark1981 Kim Birdsong of Cadiz1990 Nancy Cox1998 Nancy Bradley, Franklin2002 Lori Mitchell of Scottsville2011 Ann Blair Thornton of Bowling Green2017 Molly Matney2018 Katie Bouchard of Owensboro2021 Haley Wheeler of Clay CityMrs. Western Student Wife1964 Toni Martin1965 Carolyn Harrison1967 Sharon Bryant1968 Joyce SmithOther1958 Pat Stiff, Blue Grass Bowl1962 Gloria Bartley, Miss College of Commerce of Okolona, MS (BGBU)1962 Linda Whitlow, District 4 Dairy Princess1962 Toni Cameron, Miss Louisville1963 Brenda Durall, Miss College of Commerce (BGBU)1963 Sue Borders, District 4 Dairy Princess1963 Sandra Stuart, Kentucky State Numismatic Association Queen1970 Terry Miller Greek Goddess1989 Lynn Groemling, Kentucky Derby princess2000 Kerri Richardson, Kentucky Derby Queen2016 Andi Dahmer, Kentucky Derby princess2018 Katie Bouchard, Kentucky Derby princessSweetheart / Valentine Kings & Queens1960 Unidentified1962 Pat Norman1963 Sylvia Terry of Paducah1963 Ronnie Roberts of Louisville1965 Kay Washer1965 Al Smith1966 Susan Friedli1966 Mike Lewellyn1967 Diane Burns of Owensboro1967 Tommy Russell of Glasgow1968 Judy Mullins1968 Paul Gerard1969 Judy Mayfield1969 John Lee1970 Donna Showalter1970 Bill Lamb1971 Martha Jo Johnson of Bowling Green1971 Mark Pride of Morganfield
1936 Jonell Stewart1939 Mitzi Bosworth1940 Ida Claypool1941 Alemeda Haynes1942 Claire Bryant1943 Mary Ella Riddle1944 Gwendolyn Billings1945 Rose Johnson1946 Mayme Johnson of London1946 Chalmer Embry, king1947 Maurine Morgan1947 John Oldham of Hartford, king1948 Betty Topmiller of Bowling Green1948 Dee Gibson, king1949 Edna Parks Owensboro1949 John Oldham of Hartford1950 Betty Webb Cox1950 Frank Cole, king1951 Julia Smith1951 John Johnson, king1952 Sara Downing1952 Gene Rhodes, king1953 Mary Pedigo1953 Robert Simpson, king1954 Liz DeWitt1954 Royce Speck, king1955 Deborah Walters1955 Jerry Passafiume, king1956 Jane Winchester1956 Jack Sagabiel, king1957 Dixie Duncan1957 Joe Cheatham, king1958 Sandra Patterson1958 Owen Lawson, king1959 Phyllis Robinson of Hazard1959 Delane Simpson of Portsmouth, VA, king1960 Rachel Roll of Hopkinsville1960 Jude Talbot of Bardstown, Talisman King1961 Alice Chumbley1961 Tom Covington, Talisman King1962 Dianne Robinson of Hazard1962 Doug Smith of Bowling Green1963 Marilyn Cates of Louisville1963 Warner Caines of Ashland, Talisman King1964 Sylvia Terry of Paducah1965 Dottie Adkins1965 Jerry Froedge, Talisman King1966 Kay Washer1966 Jack Britt, Talisman King1967 Susan Cowherd of Elkton1967 Winky Menser of Dawson Springs, Talisman King
The Gemini Jazz Bands were created by David "Doc" Livingston while teaching at Western Kentucky University. The first iteration of the band appeared in 1966 and was called Gemini 14. Gemini was taken from the United States space program and the 14 was the number of band members. The band was originally created as an all girl band with the exception of the drummer and bass player. The student musicians did not have to be music majors.From 1968 through 1973 the group was called Gemini 15 as they had added a band member. Due to budget cuts the band was reduced in size and began to be named for the year: Gemini '75, Gemini '77 and Gemini '79.In order to keep costs to a minimum Doc Livingston contracted with the USO to tour military bases during summer and spring breaks. Gemini 14 was able to tour the Caribbean for four weeks in January 1967. The Gemini 15 bands were able to tour in Europe and play concerts on the WKU campus. Gemini '77 returned to the Caribbean. Gemini '79 made a tour of the U.S. Pacific Command visiting bases in Japan, South Korea, Okinawa and the Philippines.This online exhibit is made up of photographs, documents and objects donated by members of the Gemini bands along with items housed in the Kentucky Museum and WKU Archives. If you were a member of one of the Gemini Jazz Bands, please fill out our questionnaire. Read oral histories here.This is an image gallery, occasionally there are multi-page documents that are posted in the WKU Archives Faculty/Staff Papers section. Links are provided in the description field to the full documents.
In the fall of 1933 a group of faculty members "who were especially interested in launching a campaign leading to the carving and erection of a statue of President Cherry" began meeting.A steering committee of sixteen was soon elected consisting of: Chairman J.R. Whitmer, Secretary Mattie McLean, Finley Grise, E.H. Canon, Roy Seward, W.J. Craig, M.C. Ford, L.T. Smith, W.M. Pearce, Kelly Thompson, Margie Helm, West Richards, Sterrett Cuthbertson, Florence Schneider, W.L. Matthews, Arndt Stickles.The group met from 1933 through 1938 devising a plan, raising money, hiring architect Lorado Taft and distributing excess funds. Class sponsors were chosen for each of the thirty-one WKU classes to solicit donations from their classmates.Lorado Taft died October 30, 1936 before the statue was cast in bronze. Henry Cherry died August 1, 1937 before the statue was completed. The committee worked with Taft's associates at Bronze Incorporated to have the statue finished. In October the committee assembled documents, photographs and artifacts to be placed in a time capsule in the base of the statue. It was decided to purchase a second box to house duplicates of these items and place it in the Kentucky Museum. This was done during a chapel service November 10 when the base was set and sealed. The statue arrived a few days later and was unveiled November 16, 1937 on what would have been Henry Cherry's 73rd birthday.The time capsule items you see here are the duplicates that have been stored in the Kentucky Museum. See the Cherry State Committee collection inventory for more information regarding the creation of the statue.
WKU Board of Regents Resolution May 9, 1930:THAT THIS BODY ORDER that for all time to come the day of November 16th of each year be set aside as a day of celebration in honor of the FOUNDER of the school and the FATHER of TEACHERS COLLEGES in Kentucky; that it be known as Cherry Day and that upon this day the Board of Regents and faculty have charge of the school and with fitting ceremonies take cognizance of the benefit that H.H. Cherry has been to the State and to the institution. The date of November 16th is set aside because of the fact that this is H.H. Cherry's birthday, having been born on November 16th 1864. A committee consisting of M.O. Hughes and M.B. Harlin was appointed by the Chairman to draft suitable resolutions in connection with choosing November 16th of each year as Cherry Day.This year we take a moment to honor Henry Cherry on his 150th birthday as well as other founders of WKU.The Kentucky Education Association, Governor J.C.W. Beckham, H.H. Cherry, several state legislators, the board of regents, faculty, staff, students, and other citizens also played their roles in establishing Western Kentucky State Normal School and setting its course.Along the way, many more individuals have continued to build on that foundation and to add to it. All of our most recognizable traditions and institutions can be traced back to the hard work, passion, vision, and dedication of our Founders.Selected Sources & Additional Material
These items and photographs are currently on display in the main hallway of College High Hall. They are arranged in date order and represent education, athletics and other extracurricular activities and memories. See also the College High Hall for additional information.