UNC to Celebrate Story of ‘Totem Teddy’ with Photo Exhibit

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The University of Northern Colorado will unveil a photo exhibit that recognizes the inspiration behind the school's mascot.

The ceremony celebrating the story of "Totem Teddy" will begin at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, in the Fireside Lounge, second floor of the University Center, intersection of 10th Avenue and 20th Street. The event is open to the public free of charge. Refreshments will be served. Paid parking is available in lots at the University Center.

The exhibit honors the legacy of the totem pole featuring a bear carving at top. Nicknamed Totem Teddy, it became a source of school spirit — in 1923, the mascot was changed from the Teachers to the Bears.

The photos in the exhibit showcase Totem Teddy's history from the time it arrived in a crate as a gift from an alumnus in 1914 to its rightful return to the tribe in Alaska it belonged to in 2003.

For more about the story of Totem Teddy, visit http://www.unco.edu/totemteddy.

Schedule of Events

  • 3:30 p.m. - Welcome Reception
  • 3:45 p.m. - Display unveiling
  • 4 p.m. - Provost's remarks