The exhibition “Standing Up: Bridgewater College’s WWII Experience” opened April 15th at Bridgewater College’s Alexander Mack Library. Spearheaded by Charlotte McIntyre, Bridgewater College Special Collections student assistant, Ryan Robinson, Special Collections intern, and Stephanie Gardner, Special Collections librarian, the exhibit’s grand opening included the Alexander Mack Memorial Library’s annual Bridgewater College Tea.
To bring the exhibit to life, McIntyre and Robinson conducted oral history interviews with five members of the Bridgewater College community who were college-aged during the 1940s. Lowell Miller, Class of 1940, spoke on his military service. Dr. Ralph Shively, BC adjunct math instructor, 1990s, described his alternative national service. Dr. Sam Flora (Class of 1944), Miriam Spangler Martindale (Class of 1945), and Hardenia Click Zigler (Class of 1944) discussed their experiences as students at Bridgewater College during WWII. These interviews, along with artifacts from the Reuel B. Pritchett Museum Collection and archives from Bridgewater College Special Collections, formed the basis of the exhibit. Student Autumn Swann provided graphic design work for the display.
Special Collections received a grant from the Kline-Bowman Institute for Creative Peacebuilding to purchase audiovisual playback equipment that was used for the first time in this exhibit. The exhibit video, by McIntyre, features highlights of the oral history interviews. You can view it on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3UNIeukrD5M. The exhibit opening included the video’s premiere and remarks from Gardner, McIntyre and Robinson. Jazz band ensemble students Jonathon Wilson and Philip Meador set the mood with music from the 1930s and 1940s.
“Standing Up: The Bridgewater College WWII Experience” will show on the ground floor of Bridgewater College’s Alexander Mack Library through June during the library’s operational hours. Learn more.