Take a trip through K-State history in the Memorabilia Room

K-State Alumni Communications

The K-State Alumni Center's Memorabilia Room will feature a special display in honor of Kansas State University's 100th Homecoming, Oct. 11-17. (Photo: Dawn Furnas)

The K-State Alumni Center’s Memorabilia Room may not be an actual time machine, but it still gives visitors a chance to take a trip through Kansas State University history. The K-State Alumni Association has collected artifacts from the university’s past and present, displaying them at the Alumni Center on the Manhattan campus. The Memorabilia Room will feature a special display in honor of K-State’s 100th Homecoming, Oct. 11-17.  

“The Alumni Center was designed and built as an inviting place for alumni and friends to come back to visit on campus,” said Linda Cook '77, Alumni Association assistant vice president of communications. “The Memorabilia Room is a place for bringing back memories. We have this really rich heritage from the artifacts Wildcat fans have donated to the Alumni Association.”

Since the Alumni Center was dedicated in 2002, Wildcats fans from all across the U.S. and the globe have visited the Memorabilia Room, from California to New Jersey, and even as far away as Thailand and Japan. The Alumni Association has recorded more than 675 donations from all decades, adding up to over 1,000 artifacts.

Items currently on display include K-State Marching Band uniforms; a 1920s era leather football helmet and pads; a Willie the Wildcat mascot head, prior to Willie’s 1997 “face-lift”; and the silver collection of the K-State Social Club, dating back to 1925. 


The K-State Alumni Center's Memorabilia Room features a variety of artifacts from Kansas State University history. (Photo: Dawn Furnas)
A special piece in the collection is a statue titled ”Thinking of Thee, Alma Mater.” Artist Susy Cary Meyer ’75, Leavenworth, Kansas, painted this unique Wildcat as part of the Wildcat March Exhibition in honor of K-State’s sesquicentennial. Modeled after the Wildcat statue, created by Dick Bergen ’63, on the center’s Johnson North Terrace, the statue sports a vintage letter sweater, a class ring and other adornments highlighting K-State traditions. 

The special Homecoming display, Oct. 11-17, will feature a historical photo collage; Homecoming buttons and Royal Purple yearbooks; the first Homecoming football program from 1915; and more. 

Be sure to look for other memorabilia items throughout the Alumni Center, including various display cases, a framed collection of covers from the K-Stater archive and the original 1859 Bluemont College arch.  

The Memorabilia Room is open to visitors during regular K-State Alumni Center business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. The center also will be open special hours on Homecoming gameday, from 8 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17.
 

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