The Hoos in Hooville: 175 Years of Life at the University of Virginia
28, 1999 -- In 1899, William
F. Halsey wanted to attend the Naval Academy. When his appointment
did not come through, the young Halsey decided to study medicine
at the University of Virginia.
he flunked two courses, barely passed two others, broke the leg
of the star quarterback in a scrimmage, and routinely scared guests
with an anatomy class skeleton propped up by his bedside. He lasted
two years, before finally receiving his coveted Academy appointment
and heading off to make history of another kind.
Aug. 29, 1945, Admiral William F. Halsey, already a distinguished
war hero, stood on the deck of the U.S.S. Missouri as a participant
in the Japanese surrender ceremony that officially ended World War
tales such as that of Halsey fill the cases of the new Alderman
Library exhibition, "All
the Hoos in Hooville: 175 Years of Life at the University of Virginia,"
which explores the history of the University through the lives of
its students and its faculty. The exhibit opens June 1 and runs
through Oct. 30.
is an eclectic montage of the University, according to curator Jeanne
C. Pardee, a gathering of items long stored in the University Archives,
not unlike one's family memorabilia, awaiting a new generation's
discovery. From the letters of Thomas Jefferson and the minutes
of early Board of Visitors' meetings to the papers of 20th century
University presidents, faculty, and students, the Archives is a
vital repository of historical materials that reflect the life and
times of the University.
and mementos from famous -- and infamous -- faculty and alumni tell
the story of the University's founding. Represented are the history
of the Honor System, athletics, the admission of women and African-American
students, and the participation of University students in wars that
span decades, including the Civil War, both World Wars, and the
a 1909 letter from Civil War veteran and former student John Singleton
Mosby, "the Gray Ghost," that calls the fatal game-day concussion
of U.Va. halfback Archer Christian a "murder" and describes football
as "barbarous amusement."
this letter shows, the exhibit does not shy away from controversial
issues nor does it exclude the more social aspects of student life.
All have been included -- Easters, fraternity life, and the shenanigans
of the University's secret and not-so-secret societies. Also unearthed
from the archives were such wonderful items as a 1933 baseball card
of the University's only baseball Hall of Famer, Eppa Rixey; the
Imp Society's Hot Foot crown; and a professor's grade cards for
Erskine Caldwell, who went on to become the famed writer and author
of "Tobacco Road."
exhibit is free and open to the public. Special Collections is open
from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday throughout the summer.
more information about the exhibition, contact Heather Moore at
(804)924-4966 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Carol Wood, (804) 924-6189.