“Life in America: 1900 to 1979” is comprised of more than 200 pieces from Library Director Rodney Lamar Atkins’ personal collection in the Olin Learning and Resource Center on campus.
- The exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information or to make reservations, call 903-730-4890, Ext. 2173.
“I started slowly, spending $5 to $10 an item, many years ago,” Atkins said. “I can’t describe it fully, it’s like a fulfillment of a dream. It didn’t take long after starting (the collection) to realize it should be displayed somewhere.”
The collection includes antique farming equipment, memorabilia, records and magazines from throughout the decades.
“In order for America to be the great country that it is today, there had to be people who paved the way and African Americans had their part in every phase of that,” he said. “If you look around the room, you can’t help but see that.”
Atkins said anyone wishing to learn more can find a wealth of knowledge on the subject at their local library.
The exhibit will remain in place until January 2018, when it will be rotated with fresh material from his collection.