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0 April 13, 2000
Volume 30 Number 17
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Founders Week History Video/Tour

The title page for the Historic Video, produced by Clark Brandstatt, Dan Carter, and Donna Crowe, Instructional Media Center, with the help of many.
The title page for the Historic Video, produced by Clark Brandstatt, Dan Carter, and Donna Crowe, Instructional Media Center, with the help of many.

How did John Bidwell's cherry orchard become a college? Why did First Street get closed in the '70s? These and other historical facts and fables will be part of two firsts for Founders Week 2000: the premiere of a documentary video on CSU, Chico, and the opening of a history tour of the campus.

On Tuesday, April 25, at 7 p.m., "Today Decides Tomorrow: A Story of California State University, Chico" will be shown in the Performing Arts Center, room 144. On Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday, April 26, 28, and 29, at 11 a.m., a campus history tour will start from the Kendall Hall lawn. The video runs approximately thirty minutes, and the tour should take one hour. There is no charge for either event.

Work on the history video began three years ago. Hundreds of photos from the library's special collections and period music dating from the university's founding are highlighted in the program.

Included in the video are interviews with illustrious alumni, such as former Chico Mayor Gordon Casamajor, and retired administrators, such as former President Glenn Kendall and former Board of Trustees chair Ted Meriam.

"Ever since I saw a video of the history of SUNY, Geneseo, I have wanted CSU, Chico to have its own history recorded on video, particularly since so many of the key players who have made this institution what it is today are still alive and could be interviewed," said President Manuel A. Esteban. "We have a long and rich history. The video captures this quite well. For the people involved in the making of this video, it was clearly not work, but a labor of love. All we need now is to continue to add luster to our university and to make those who preceded us proud of their legacy."

Among the many who contributed to the project were Instructional Media Center staff Dan Carter, Clark Brandstatt, and Donna Crowe; Library Special Resources staff Mary Ellen Bailey, William Jones, Pamela Bush, Deborah Besnard, and Sue Rosoff; and Department of Music chair James Bankhead, who assisted with music selection.

The campus history tour was conceived by the staff of CSU, Chico's Museum of Anthropology. Aly Wood and Jennifer Holt, anthropology master's degree students, specialize in research material and museum science. Holt began planning the tour this winter and is creating a brochure for people who take the tour.

"Researching and developing this tour was a great educational experience," said Holt. "I enjoyed exploring Chico State's rich history and am looking forward to sharing what I learned."

Tour topics will include architecture, athletics, Pioneer Day, sculptures, and the campus mascot, Holt said. -- JW


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