Thursday, March 26, 2009

Tarleton Thursdays: Did You Know?

Tarleton's First Building
ca 1899
My how time flies......It has been 10 years since the 100th birthday of Tarleton! The Tarleton State University Centennial Celebration officially kicked off March 24, 1999 with the Centennial Convocation!
Many other activities were held that week including a Centennial breakfast for retired Tarleton employees, a former president's luncheon, a 100 cent luncheon, a performance by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, a Centennial fashion show, a Fine Arts gallery reception showcasing an historical display of Tarleton's 100 years, a musical look at Tarleton Traditions, a Centennial BBQ followed by a Neal McCoy concert, an Easter egg hunt, a 5K run, a 3/2 softball game, the Shawn McMullen Memorial Calf Roping, and the world famous Count Basie big band concert! It was a grand celebration with exhibits on the history and traditions of Tarleton throughout the campus, along with the centerpiece exhibit in the gallery of the Fine Arts Center.
The March activities were the beginning of the celebration that culminated with Homecoming in October 1999! Some of the October events included a memorial tribute to John Tarleton at his gravesite, renaming of the street south of his gravesite to Centennial Ave., sealing of the time capsule, book signings, a fireworks display, as well as Homecoming events!
It was a grand occasion and will be remembered for years to come!
Happy 10th anniversary!

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