David M. Granger, 334/844-9999 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Katie Wilder, 334/844-9999 (email@example.com)
TO SHARE AU HISTORY DURING WALKING TOUR
AUBURN - As part of its Sesquicentennial Birthday Bash on Feb. 4, Auburn
University is hosting historical walking tours of campus to showcase the
present and celebrate the past.
The tours, given by AU in partnership with the Auburn Heritage Association,
will take place between 10 a.m. and noon. Groups of 20 will depart every
10 minutes from the Draughon Library lawn at the corner of Thach Avenue
and College Street.
The tours will feature some of AUs most notable landmarks. In addition,
participants will hear from reenactors in period costume who will share
historical facts about AU and the characters they portray. Historical
figures that tour participants will meet include Judge John Harper, who
founded the town of Auburn in 1836; Mary Martin, AUs first librarian;
Dr. Charles Allen Cary, AUs first dean of veterinary medicine; and
Dr. Isaac Sadler McAdory, AUs second dean of veterinary medicine
who served for more than 48 years.
Visitors will also hear from Maria Allie Glenn, known as the Sweetheart
of API (AU was formally Alabama Polytechnic Institute before officially
becoming Auburn University in 1960) who served as AUs treasurer
for more than 40 years, and Mollie Hollifield Jones, a teacher, historian
and poet. Jones was an Auburn native and API graduate.
Cliff Hare, who played on AUs first football team, headed the faculty
athletic committee and was president of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic
Association, will tell tour participants about AUs great athletic
In addition, people portraying AUs many past presidents will be
on hand to share about each presidents role in Auburns history.
Spots on the tours are limited. To register and schedule a time to take
the historical walking tour, visit www.auburn.edu/150.
Parking is available near Jordan-Hare Stadium at the intersection of Donahue
Drive and Magnolia Avenue. Tiger Transit will provide shuttle service
into the center of town. Please plan to arrive at least 5 minutes prior
to the start of your scheduled tour time.
Auburn University is a preeminent land-grant and comprehensive research
institution with more than 23,000 students and 6,500 faculty and staff.
Ranked among the top 50 public universities nationally, Auburn is Alabamas
largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate,
graduate and doctoral degree programs.
(Contributed by Katie Wilder.)