The UMass Amherst Libraries host an exhibit, “Pioneers of Mass Aggie: Founders, Builders, and Innovators.” “Pioneers” is the first of three exhibits to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the University of Massachusetts and will focus on the early history of “Mass Aggie,” as the Massachusetts Agricultural College was known.
A talk and reception will be held on Friday, March 1, 2013, at 4:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Among the prominent pioneers highlighted in the exhibit are the first class of students (1867-1871), who were known as ‘the old guard’; the early faculty members, including the ‘faculty of four’ who taught classes in 1867; early sports pioneers who worked to prove the athletic skill of ‘the farmers’; and the first women students and instructors. The beginnings of the Graduate School, the Experiment Station, and Extension Service will also be featured.