1/27/06 Contact: David M. Granger, 334/844-9999 (grangdm@auburn.edu)
Katie Wilder, 334/844-9999 (wildeka@auburn.edu)


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 AU’s 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, AU’s first librarian; Dr. Charles Allen Cary, AU’s first dean of veterinary medicine; and Dr. Isaac Sadler McAdory, AU’s 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 AU’s 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 AU’s first football team, headed the faculty athletic committee and was president of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, will tell tour participants about AU’s great athletic history.

In addition, people portraying AU’s many past presidents will be on hand to share about each president’s role in Auburn’s 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 Alabama’s largest educational institution, offering more than 230 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degree programs.

(Contributed by Katie Wilder.)

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