The Squires Student Center will be capping off the commemoration of its 75th anniversary through pictures in the Perspective Gallery’s new exhibit “Coming Together-Moving Forward: Squires 75th Anniversary in Images” from Nov. 15 through Dec. 15.
“I offered the space for the exhibit after the director of student services had said something about the fact that they were having this year-long celebration," said Robin Boucher, arts program coordinator for Student Centers and Activities. "I said, ‘why don’t we have some sort of exhibit to cap off the year and give everybody a visual connection to this place,’”
The exhibit displays archived photos, yearbook publications, and VTU scrapbooks to show the importance of the Squires Student Center and its impact over the years. All of the yearbooks and scrapbooks are bookmarked to pages that involve Squires but are also available for visitors to peruse through.
“One of the things I wanted to do by having the books in was the fact that we’re so Google oriented with research; I liked the idea of being able to touch and turn pages and actually look at history in this totally absorbed matter," Boucher said. "There is something different with holding a book and looking at it — it’s a different experience.”
Pictures in the gallery date back to the groundbreaking ceremony in the 1930s and continue on through the transformation of the building in the 1960s and 1970s.
“It’s interesting to me, when they actually started demolishing the building," Boucher said. "Looking at it in retrospective, of course, they were trying to create something more contemporary with the '60s building. They made this very modern looking building which encapsulated this original space and everybody comes in here and says ‘they did that to that building?’”
In addition to the photo gallery, there will be a reception, “Recording Today’s Memories,” held on Nov. 30 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. During the day, the reception will be informal with cake and punch served from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.; later, a more formal reception will begin at 4 p.m. and serve local foods.
“We’re going to take double pictures of everyone," Boucher said. "Everyone who does it will put one in our scrapbook and write some memory in the scrap book, so we can create little time capsule of today.”