Photo Exhibit Tells Story of ‘Totem Teddy’

Totem Teddy Exhibit: You're Invited

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A photo exhibit that recognizes the inspiration behind UNC's mascot and tells 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. The exhibit honors the legacy of the totem pole featuring a bear carving at the 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