Sesquicentennial Exhibit Opens at Du Bois Library

“Emergence: UMass A Century On,” the third in a series of exhibits commemorating the campus’ 150th anniversary, is on view through Jan. 6 on the lower level of Du Bois Library. 

“Emergence” centers on the post-World War II expansion of UMass Amherst and its emergence as a fully fledged research university. From the Freedom Bill of the 1950s through the years of rapid expansion to the present day, the exhibit examines the remarkable transformations of our campus and academic programs, the changes in the student body, the turbulent years of the 1960s through 1980s, the remarkable outpouring of creativity in the face of economic challenges, and the ongoing relevance of the university’s mission as a land grant institution. 

The exhibit draws upon the archival collections in Special Collections and University Archives and includes photos, articles and other artifacts of the period.