Exhibits created about various topics in WKU's history.

Jump Circle
Helm Library: More Than You'd Imagine

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.

Unidentified Student Receiving a Ticket
Parking: Past & Present at WKU

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.

Tyler Diemer
WKU Royalty: Homecoming


1949 Teddy Lou Johnson of London, Alpha Phi Omega
1950 Jean Amos of Cave City
1951 Nancy Atkinson of White Plains, Talisman
1952 Tyler Diemer of Jeffersontown, Talisman
1953 Jane Winchester of Taylorsville
1954 Netta Oldham of Owensboro, Baptist Campus Ministries
1955 Pattye Thompson of Bowling Green
1956 Shirley Barnes of Beaver Dam, Band
1957 Phyllis Robinson of Hazard, Cheerleader
1958 Marilyn Norris of Seymour, IN
1959 Alice Chumbley of Jamestown, Cheerleader
1960 Dianne Robinson of Hazard, Cheerleader
1961 Martha Jo Johnson of Scottsville, Sigma Tau Delta, Alpha Epsilon Delta
1962 Wanda Steenbergen of Glasgow, Pi Sigma Upsilon
1963 Pat Norman of Glasgow, Rebelettes
1964 Christine DeVries of Bowling Green, Pi Sigma Upsilon, Alpha Delta Pi
1965 Linda Thomas of Burkesville
1966 Sharon Roby of Owensboro
1967 Pat Hunt of Bowling Green, Chi Omega
1968 Charlsie Malone of Clarksville, TN
1969 Dru Gibson Bowling Green
1970 Suzanne Riggins of Jonesboro, AR
1971 Brynda Taylor of Louisville, Chi Omega
1972 Alice Gatewood of Bowling Green, Delta Sigma Theta
1973 Cherie Hoxworth of Beaver Dam, Alpha Omicron Pi
1974 Patricia Smith of Glasgow
1975 Brenday Smiley of Vanzant
1976 Marissa Greene of Winchester
1977 Joyce Ann Haskins of Campbellsville, Delta Sigma Theta
1978 Connie Gibson of Hodgenville
1979 Betty Thompson of Bowling Green
1980 Jane Lockin of Benton, IL
1981 Sandy Douglas of Henderson
1982 Mary Beth DiCastro of Lexington
1983 Julie Lippert of Paducah, Chi Omega
1984 Julie Sams of Bowling Green
1985 Tara Wassom of Fort Campbell, Chi Omega
1986 Whitney Auslander of Louisville, Kappa Delta
1987 Elizabeth Williams of Jamestown
1988 Shelly Thomas of Henderson, Kappa Delta
1989 Ruth Hosse of Brentwood, TN, Alpha Omicron Pi
1990 Jill Antle of Louisville, Chi Omega
1991 Nancy Rascoe of Bowling Green, Kappa Delta
1992 Jennifer Mize of Cerulean, Alpha Omicron Pi
1993 Melissa Baggarly of Beaver Dam
1994 Andrea Wilson of Somerset, Phi Mu
1995 Sybil Mathis of Paducah, Delta Sigma Theta
1996 Laura Hall of Louisville, Chi Omega
1997 Leigh Ann Sears of Mayfield, Alpha Delta Pi
1998 Stephanie Cosby of Greenville, Spirit Masters
1999 Melissa Pickrell of Paris, Kappa Delta
2000 Jacqueline Ayers of Louisville, Delta Sigma Theta
2001 Katie Staples of Brandenburg, Kappa Delta
2002 Laura Allen of Richmond, Alpha Omicron Pi
2003 Paola Cassana of Cajamarca, Peru, Spirit Masters
2004 Destiny Smith of Bowling Green, Delta Omicron
2005 Sarah Morris of Germantown, TN, Chi Omega
2006 BryAnn Roth of Neenah, WI, Spirit Masters
2007 Jeanne Johnson of Marion, KY, Student Government Association
2008 Diane DeRosa-Reynolds of Union, KY, Kappa Delta
2009 Rachel Reetzke of Franklin, KY, Chi Omega
2010 Josclynn Brandon of Indianapolis, IN, Alpha Kappa Alpha
2011 Ashleigh Miller of Bedford, Spirit Masters
2012 Amy Winkler of Murray, Alpha Delta Pi
2013 Taylor Emberton of Glasgow, Kappa Delta
2014 Ellie Jolly of Cadiz, Chi Omega
2015 Karen Powell of Louisville, Kappa Delta
2016 Mallory Vaughn of Bowling Green, Chi Omega
2017 Katherine Crider of Dawson Springs, Delta Zeta
2018 Makayle Botts of Glasgow, Alpha Omega Pi
2019 Allyson Taylor of Lancaster, Delta Sigma Pi
2020 Sarah Harne of Liberty, Alpha Delta Pi
2021 Abbey Norvell of Corbin, Alpha Omicron Pi

Pat Hunt
WKU Royalty: Military

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 Puryear
1940 Eleanor Ford
1941 Mary Ella Riddle
1942 Jeane Payne
1943 Beatrice Binzel
1944 Martha Stevens
1945 Betty Roberts
1946 Judy Stevens
1947 Joy Davis
1948 Teddy Lou Johnson of London
1949 Lou Nell Russell
1950 Jean Amos of Cave City
1951 June Mitchell
1952 Laura Stuart
1953 Clara Lilly
1954 Joan Grabruck
1955 Jane Lovell
1956 Michael Ann Ehret
1957 Glenda Winn
1958 Barbara Humphries of Bowling Green
1959 Carolyn Turner of Cerulean
1960 Diane Rigsby of Russellville
1961 Roberta Johnson of Scottsville
1962 Dianne Howard of Caneyville
1963 Pat Norman of Glasgow
1964 Judy Sprague
1965 Kandy Kohlmeyer
1966 Pat Hunt of Bowling Green
1967 Cheryl Carnahan
1968 Gwynne Tuell
1969 Peggy Swinney
1970 Tina Showalter of Louisville
1971 Marilyn Finck of Louisville
1974 Sandy Haworth
1977 Lovis Lawrence of Auburn
1980 Tammy Logan of Hopkinsville

Anita Orr
WKU Royalty: Miss Black Western

1971 Carolyn Brown of Louisville
1972 Beverly Williams of Glasgow
1973 Antoinette Wearren of Richmond
1974 Cheryl Harvey
1975 Sydney Stringer of Miami, FL
1976 Jeannelle Johnson of Midland, TX
1977 Marsha Troutman
1978 Diane Butts, Bowling Green, KY
1979 Anita Orr, Nashville, TN
1980 Nina Bradley of Fort Campbell
1981 Betty Baker of Cadiz
1982 Marty Glass of Louisville
1983 Connie Banks of Nashville, TN
1984 Lisa McGuire
1985 Sherita Bailey
1986 Natasha Wastkins
1987 Shannon Green of Henderson
1988 Michelle Bachelor of Louisville
1989 Glenda Harbin of Louisville
1991 DaChonne Rucker of Nashville, TN
1992 Deondra Wardelle of Louisville
1993 Tojuana Kendall, Paris, TN
1994 Stephanie Smith, Paducah
2000 Melissa Hatsfield, Paducah
2003 Katherine Sharber, Mortons Gap
2004 Candace Edwards, Chicago, IL
2005 Cecile Shell, Indianapolis, IN
2006 Kimberlee Robinson, Nashville, TN
2015 Shantel-Ann Pettway
2016 ShaylinKaliea Martin
2017 Alexus Reed

Janie Hildreth
WKU Royalty: Miss B.U.

1933 Hallie Penn
1934 Janie Hildreth
1935 Virginia Pittman
1936 Dorothy Wood of Missouri
1937 Madelyn Drake
1938 Virginia Dent
1939 Sara Thompson of Anderson, SC
1940 Eleanor Fell of Pensacola, FL
1941 Marilynn Steinkamp
1942 Betsy Buckner
1943-1945 no yearbooks due to World War II
1946 Doris Curtis
1947 Brenda Stone
1948 Jean Junkin
1949 Jo Ella Junkin
1950 Charlotte Roberts
1951 Ada Hopkins
1952 Jean Horn
1954 Sue Mayhugh
1955 Ann Embry
1956 Cary Hevia of Havana, Cuba
1957 Darlene Phelps of Russell Springs, KY
1958 Ann Mayer of Greenville, MS
1959 Betty Estes of Radcliff, KY
1960 Patricia Lowe
1961 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 archives@wku.edu.

Mary Moore
WKU Royalty: Miss Towers

1940 Mary Huston of Senatobia, MS
1941 Nancy Handley
1942 Velma Janzen
1943-1945 no yearbooks due to World War II
1946 Evans Cooner
1947 Elizabeth White
1948 Jean Reddick
1950 Beth Francis
1951 Merial Ingram
1952 Mary King
1953 Norma Farley of Princeton, WV
1954 Betty Rosenblatt of Hawesville, KY
1955 Mickell Kraus
1956 Ann Vantrease of Gallatin, TN
1957 Cary Hevia of Havana, Cuba
1958 Jane Copeland of Livingston, TN
1959 Glenda Cobb of Bowling Green, KY
1960 Linda Baskett
1961 Muriel Wright of Russellville, KY
1963 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 archives@wku.edu.

Lee Ann Chaney
WKU Royalty: Miss Western

1967 Charlotte Lyle
1968 Tina Showalter of Louisville
1969 Susan Chaffin
1970 Kathy Knight
1971 Mary Sowers
1972 Lois Eigelbach of Louisville
1973 Kitty Hall of Louisville
1974 Adele Gleaves
1975 Kelly McDonald
1979 Laura Hubbard of Leitchfield
1980 Beth Bailey of Bowling Green
1981 Tammy McCubbins of Horse Cave
1982 Elizabeth DeLap of Nashville, TN
1983 Deborah McBride of Leitchfield
1984 Angela Speck of Elizabethtown
1985 Jennifer Drury of Gilbertsville
1990 Betsy Drewry of Murfreesboro, TN
1991 Kelly McDonald of Nashville, TN
1992 Jennifer Peyton of Dawson Springs
1993 Lee Ann Chaney of Franklin

Mona Wortham
WKU Royalty: Mountain Laurel

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 Walton
1937 Marjorie Galloway, Bowling Green Business University student
1953 Sue Lynch
1957 JoAnn Faulkner
1959 Alice Chumbley
1960 Lana Jones, Bowling Green Business University student
1978 Mona Wortham
1984 Melodye Hughes
2002 Lisa Chestnut
2015 Lindsay Tate Ratliff

Unidentified
WKU Royalty: Other

Athenian Kings & Queens1967 Carmen Willoughby
1967 Steve House
1968 Claudia Fowler
1968 Fred Fenimore
1969 Doris Brennan
1969 Dennis Koon
1970 Sally Webb
1970 Steve Garrett
1971 Claudia Houston of Galloway
1971 Marshall Galloway of SedaliaBasketball1952 Pat Horn
1953 Pat Barker
1954 Shirley Smith
1955 Juanita Chinn
1956 Gayle Bryant
1957 Phyllis Robinson of Hazard
1958 Alice Chumbley of JamestownComing Home Kings1994 Jason Young
2001 Tim Gilbert
2002 Aaron Spencer
2016 Taylor Bowling
2021 Bradon BurksMay Queen - Bowling Green Business University1933 Adeline Grissom
1934 Sara Gylor
1935 Frances Knight
1936 Virginia NeelyMiss Kentucky1951 Dottye Nuckols
1960 Alice Chumbley of Jamestown
1967 Joann Clark
1981 Kim Birdsong of Cadiz
1990 Nancy Cox
1998 Nancy Bradley, Franklin
2002 Lori Mitchell of Scottsville
2011 Ann Blair Thornton of Bowling Green
2017 Molly Matney
2018 Katie Bouchard of Owensboro
2021 Haley Wheeler of Clay CityMrs. Western Student Wife1964 Toni Martin
1965 Carolyn Harrison
1967 Sharon Bryant
1968 Joyce SmithOther1958 Pat Stiff, Blue Grass Bowl
1962 Gloria Bartley, Miss College of Commerce of Okolona, MS (BGBU)
1962 Linda Whitlow, District 4 Dairy Princess
1962 Toni Cameron, Miss Louisville
1963 Brenda Durall, Miss College of Commerce (BGBU)
1963 Sue Borders, District 4 Dairy Princess
1963 Sandra Stuart, Kentucky State Numismatic Association Queen
1970 Terry Miller Greek Goddess
1989 Lynn Groemling, Kentucky Derby princess
2000 Kerri Richardson, Kentucky Derby Queen
2016 Andi Dahmer, Kentucky Derby princess
2018 Katie Bouchard, Kentucky Derby princessSweetheart / Valentine Kings & Queens1960 Unidentified
1962 Pat Norman
1963 Sylvia Terry of Paducah
1963 Ronnie Roberts of Louisville
1965 Kay Washer
1965 Al Smith
1966 Susan Friedli
1966 Mike Lewellyn
1967 Diane Burns of Owensboro
1967 Tommy Russell of Glasgow
1968 Judy Mullins
1968 Paul Gerard
1969 Judy Mayfield
1969 John Lee
1970 Donna Showalter
1970 Bill Lamb
1971 Martha Jo Johnson of Bowling Green
1971 Mark Pride of Morganfield

Julia Smith
WKU Royalty: Talisman Kings & Queens

1936 Jonell Stewart
1939 Mitzi Bosworth
1940 Ida Claypool
1941 Alemeda Haynes
1942 Claire Bryant
1943 Mary Ella Riddle
1944 Gwendolyn Billings
1945 Rose Johnson
1946 Mayme Johnson of London
1946 Chalmer Embry, king
1947 Maurine Morgan
1947 John Oldham of Hartford, king
1948 Betty Topmiller of Bowling Green
1948 Dee Gibson, king
1949 Edna Parks Owensboro
1949 John Oldham of Hartford
1950 Betty Webb Cox
1950 Frank Cole, king
1951 Julia Smith
1951 John Johnson, king
1952 Sara Downing
1952 Gene Rhodes, king
1953 Mary Pedigo
1953 Robert Simpson, king
1954 Liz DeWitt
1954 Royce Speck, king
1955 Deborah Walters
1955 Jerry Passafiume, king
1956 Jane Winchester
1956 Jack Sagabiel, king
1957 Dixie Duncan
1957 Joe Cheatham, king
1958 Sandra Patterson
1958 Owen Lawson, king
1959 Phyllis Robinson of Hazard
1959 Delane Simpson of Portsmouth, VA, king
1960 Rachel Roll of Hopkinsville
1960 Jude Talbot of Bardstown, Talisman King
1961 Alice Chumbley
1961 Tom Covington, Talisman King
1962 Dianne Robinson of Hazard
1962 Doug Smith of Bowling Green
1963 Marilyn Cates of Louisville
1963 Warner Caines of Ashland, Talisman King
1964 Sylvia Terry of Paducah
1965 Dottie Adkins
1965 Jerry Froedge, Talisman King
1966 Kay Washer
1966 Jack Britt, Talisman King
1967 Susan Cowherd of Elkton
1967 Winky Menser of Dawson Springs, Talisman King

Gemini Jazz Bands
Gemini Jazz Bands

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.