Showing through in the afternoons beginning Sept. 17.

The hippies, the hair, the fashions,the intense looks and serious poses, the stop-the-war protests and the arts festival. This Cabell Screen exhibit, “1969: The Start of VCU” captures images from the 1969 yearbooks, The Cobblestone and the X-Ray, from the newly minted VCU. The images showcase people and places of early VCU, seen through its first graduating class.

Virginia Commonwealth University is marking a significant anniversary in its history: the signing of the bill to create the university on March 1, 1968.

This Cabell Screen exhibition celebrates the first graduating class of that new university, the class of 1969.

Want to know more? Visit the online exhibit “Making VCU,” an exhibit that explores the relationships, collaborations and networks that gave birth and shaped our urban research university. In their formative years VCU predecessors, the Medical College of Virginia (MCV) and the Richmond Professional Institute (RPI), developed under the guidance and support of their parental institutions Hampden-Sydney College and the College of William and Mary. The schools took root, not in the small college towns of Williamsburg or Farmville, but in Virginia’s urban center of Richmond. These connections to other colleges and institutions have been a constant theme in the university’s past. Both RPI and MCV gained from their affiliations with Virginia Tech, the University of Virginia, and the University of Richmond, while earlier mergers such as the one with the University College of Medicine in 1913 expanded the status of the Richmond-based medical school.

The Cabell Screen images are culled from Yearbooks, which are available online through VCU Libraries’ Digital Collections. Take a walk down memory lane anytime!


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