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In Michener Library

  • The End of the World Exhibition

    December 2021 - April 2022
    Lower Level Lobby of the James A. Michener Library

    In Professor Michael Kimball’s ANT 395 class called “The End of the World,” students learned the archaeology and anthropology of civilizational collapse and explored concepts of resilience, vulnerability, adaptation, and transformation. Their final project asked them to use their “anthropological imaginations” to express their vision of the future in the form of a creative works, which are showcased in this exhibition.

  • Pandemic Parallels: Then & Now

    October 2020 - present

    Just outside Archives & Special Collections Reading Room (L119), lower level of the James A. Michener Library

    A comparative look at life on our campus during the 1918 Influenza pandemic and the current Coronavirus pandemic. You can learn more about the 1918 influenza at UNC on this LibGuide.

    Curated by Kate Johnson

  • 40th Anniversary of James A. Michener's novel "Centennial"

    September 2013 -  present
    Lower Level of the James A. Michener Library

    James Michener was first struck with the idea of writing about Colorado in the late 1930s when he attended school and taught at the Colorado State College of Education. However, he did not return to Greeley to begin writing the novel until 1970. Centennial, a fictional account of a Colorado town called Centennial, was Michener's twenty-first book and his second best seller.

  • International Gladiolus Hall of Fame

    January 2009 - present
    Lower Level of the James A. Michener Library

    This exhibit consists of displays of materials from the International Gladiolus Hall of Fame Collection (SC 07). It includes trophies, awards, plaques, memorabilia, information on Gladiolus Societies from all over the world, as well as a tribute to Sidney and Velda Baldridge. The displays change over time.

  • James A. Michener The Man, The Writer, The Legacy: An Exhibit

    Permanent Exhibit (updated 2018)
    Mezzanine of the James A. Michener Library

    This exhibit explores the life and writings of world famous, Pulitzer Prize winning author James A. Michener.

    Curated by Anna Gay


K-12 Textbooks Authored by UNC Faculty

Early in the University of Northern Colorado's history, the institution earned the moniker of "the Columbia of the West," a reference to UNC's (then the State Teachers College of Colorado) excellence in the education and preparation of teachers.

Faculty at the institution not only taught future teachers, they also authored textbooks for teachers to use in their classrooms in the state of Colorado. Many of these textbooks were of such high quality that they were adopted by school systems around the country.

Reading for Meaning series - Tip and Mitten

The Tip & Mitten textbook series, written by State Teachers College of Colorado faculty Paul McKee, M. Lucile Harrison, Annie McCowen, and Elizabeth Lehr, is perhaps one of the most famous, rivaling the Dick and Jane series in baby boomers' memories. Visitors to the University Libraries website can now view an online exhibit of these faculty-authored textbooks.

The exhibit, "K-12 Textbooks Authored by UNC Faculty: 1922 - 1980," is a collaboration between the University Libraries Education Librarian, Bette Rathe, and the Archival Services Department.