Past Projects at KSU
Kennesaw State Spirit: KSU at 50
Curated by the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books in 2013, the exhibit celebrates the first half century of KSU. It features materials from the University Archives and Special Collections and was displayed in the Athenaeum Gallery at Sturgis Library.
Curated by the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books in 2018, the exhibit narrates the history of KSU's Bagwell College of Education. The exhibit features images from the University Archives and Special Collections and is on permanent display on the second floor of the Bagwell Education Building.
Curated by the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books in 2018, the exhibit illustrates the life and accomplishments of Dr. Michael J. Coles. This exhibit features materials from the Michael J. Coles Papers in the University Archives and Special Collections and is located in the atrium of the Burruss Building, home of Coles College of Business.
Curated by the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books in 2018, the exhibit explores the legacy of engineer Paul Radow, whose innovations enhanced Levi Strauss’ pants pockets and contributed to NASA’s Apollo program. The exhibit is on permanent display in the Engineering Technology Center on the Marietta campus.
Two Schools, One University: The History of Kennesaw State University and Southern Polytechnic State University
Curated by the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books in 2019, the exhibit documents the unique histories of KSU and SPSU until their 2015 consolidation and is on permanent display at the Johnson Library on the Marietta campus and Sturgis Library on the Kennesaw campus.
Marietta City Schools, Marietta, GA
Working with Marietta City Schools starting in 2019, the Special Projects unit is developing exhibits at the school system's new central office and at the formerly segregated Lemon Street Elementary School. The Special Projects unit coordinates the Lemon Street Schools Oral History Collection, an ongoing project with former students and educators at Lemon Street Elementary School and Lemon Street High School.
Town Center Community Alliance, Cobb County, GA
Working with the local nonprofit organization starting in 2019, the Special Projects unit is developing a series of STEM and history-focused outdoor exhibits at Aviation Park, a Town Center Community Alliance project located next to the Cobb County International Airport. As part of the research process, the Special Projects unit is conducting oral history interviews with local aviators and individuals involved in the development of the airport including pilot and developer Larry Brantley Thompson.
Pickens Historical Society, Jasper, GA
Working with the Pickens Historical Society starting in 2019, the Special Projects unit developed an exhibit in the historic Kirby-Quinton Cabin located next to the Old Pickens County Jail. In fall 2020, students in KSU's Public History program will contribute to the next phase of the project, which includes a permanent exhibit in the jail.
City of Acworth and the Save Acworth History Foundation, Acworth, GA
Working with the City of Acworth, the Special Projects unit, the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books, and KSU's Public History Program, developed four exhibits, including installations in Acworth's historically Black Rosenwald School Community Center (2009), the Red Caboose (2010), Acworth Depot Park (2019), and Doyal Hill Park (2020). The Doyal Hill Park exhibit resulted in the creation of the Historic Black Acworth Image Collection.
Downtown Development Authority, Historic Preservation Commission, Sans Souci Women's Club, Adairsville, GA
Working with Adairsville’s Downtown Development Authority, the Historic Preservation Commission, and the Sans Souci Women’s Club in 2016-2017, the Department of Museums, Archives and Rare Books and KSU's Public History program conducted the Adairsville, Georgia Oral History Series and developed a 40-panel exhibition and accompanying education programs for the Adairsville Depot History Museum and Welcome Center.
Published in 2015 by the University of Georgia Press, Memories of the Mansion was coauthored by Sandra Deal, First Lady of Georgia from 2011-2019, Dr. Catherine Lewis, Assistant Vice President for Museums, Archives and Rare Books, and Dr. Jennifer Dickey, Coordinator of the Public History program and Preservationist for Museums, Archives and Rare Books.