High Point University Exhibit Featured At High Point Museum

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 14, 2009 – High Point University has experienced tremendous growth and change over the past few years, but the school, founded in 1924, has much more of a story to tell. The High Point Museum details the rich history of the university in a new exhibit, which will remain on display through Dec. 31.

The exhibit, created by Tracy Anderson, HPU media relations coordinator; David Bryden, HPU director of library services; Chad Christian, HPU director of photography services; and freelance photographer Bill Parrish; details the 85-year history of HPU in four sections – “High Point College: The Beginning,” “The College Years: 1930s to 1980s,” “Extraordinary Transformation: From College to University” and “HPU: Looking Toward the Future.”

Included in the display cases are historic High Point College/High Point University items, such as the original groundbreaking trowel, the first yearbook, a freshman beanie, early campus maps and aerial photos, athletic memorabilia, books written by faculty members and other items that show the spirit of the school.

Also included in the display is part of a memory book that details High Point students in the service. By the end of World War II, 753 cadets had studied at the university, where Civil Air Patrol training took place.

“The High Point Museum strives to illustrate High Point’s history in a variety of ways,” says Teresa Loflin, community and membership director for the museum. “We are delighted to have High Point University host an exhibit. The university has a wonderful and unique story to tell, and we’re so glad to have them featured in our lobby. This is a perfect and natural partnership for the two institutions.”

The High Point Museum is located at 1859 E. Lexington Ave. The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Sunday, from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, contact the museum at 336-885-1859.

To learn more about the High Point Museum, call 336-885-1859 or visit http://www.highpointmuseum.org/.

The High Point Museum collects, preserves and interprets the history of greater High Point to develop, encourage and foster a shared understanding and appreciation of our community through a knowledge of its past.

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in a fun environment with caring people. HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with 3,500 undergraduate and graduate students from more than 50 countries and more than 40 states at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report No. 5 among comprehensive universities in the South and No. 1 in its category among up-and-coming schools. Forbes.com ranks HPU in the top 6 percent among “America’s Best Colleges.” The university offers 66 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and seven graduate-degree majors. It is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, and is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at www.highpoint.edu.

Chris DudleyVice President for Administration336-841-4530cdudley@highpoint.edu

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