Library Photo Exhibit Explores A Turbulent Time in NMSU History

Oct 4, 2013

Luther Foster-President, 1901-1908

  The NMSU Library announces a new exhibit, “New Mexico Agricultural College
1901-1920: The Forgotten Presidents: Foster, Garrison, Ladd and Crile.”
The free public exhibit will run from October 15 through mid-February 2014
in the Milton Gallery on the fourth floor of NMSU’s Branson Library.

The exhibit, organized by University Archivist Martha Shipman Andrews,
draws from photographs and documents from NMSU’s Hobson-Huntsinger
University Archives.

Shipman said, “The exhibit explores a turbulent time in NMSU’s history
when it was struggling with its identity and its relationships with the
state and federal governments. Each of these presidents brought unique
talents and interests as leaders but faced such challenging circumstances
as low enrollment, changing curriculum, political opposition, financial
catastrophe and, not the least, world war and epidemic.”

The exhibit encompasses NMSU presidents Luther Foster (1901-1908), Dr.
Winfred Ernest Garrison (1908-1913), Dr. George Edgar Ladd (1913-1917) and
the Reverend Austin D. Crile (1917-1920).

Historian Dr. Rick Hendricks will present a lecture on President Garrison
at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, October 23, on the fourth floor of Branson
Library.  October is Archives Month nationally and the New Mexico State
Archives theme in honor of the month is agriculture.