Meredith to Observe Constitution Day


On Tuesday, September 17, 2013, schools and colleges across the United States will celebrate, “Constitution Day,” the federal observance of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.  Meredith College will begin its commemoration activities on September 17 by featuring a military history exhibit from the Neustadt Collection.  The exhibit is on display in cases on the main floor and second floor of the Carlyle Campbell Library and will continue throughout the fall 2013 semester.

On Monday September 30, at 10 a.m. in the library Meredith will hold a ceremony which both formally presents the Neustadt Exhibit, a military history exhibit featuring toy and miniature soldiers on loan from an alumna’s family.

This ceremony, which serves as a continuation of the Constitution Day commemoration, will feature President Jo Allen, alumna Ginger Alexander Neustadt, Regent of the Samuel Johnston Chapter of the North Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution, Hannah Thornton, undergraduate researcher who has developed the exhibit pamphlets and labeling, and collector Bill Neustadt.  The exhibit features scenes from the American Revolution, which ultimately led to the Constitution. Patriotically themed refreshments will be served.

Please encourage students to attend this event, sponsored by the Dept. of History and Political Science, Religious and Ethical Studies, and Sociology, and by the Library

The Neustadt Collection is a military history exhibit made possible by the generosity of the Neustadt family in cooperation with Dan Fountain and John Kincheloe.  Bill Neustadt, husband of alumna Ginger Neustadt, ’05, began collecting miniature soldiers early in life and has combined his hobby with a lifelong passion for history.  The pieces on loan in the Carlyle Campbell Library have become part of an exhibit dedicated to many periods of military history but with a particular emphasis on the great colonial conflicts leading towards the American Revolution.  Scenes from colonial conflicts between the British and French as well as the British and American colonists are featured in exhibit case displays of Fort Ticonderoga and Redoubt #10 from the Battle of Yorktown.  Other cases present examples of military events, uniforms, weaponry and notable figures from many eras of warfare.

The exhibit is on display in cases on the main floor and second floor of the Carlyle Campbell Library and will continue throughout the fall 2013 semester.

-Melyssa Allen, Marketing


Photo of the Week

Unidentified Meredith students are spotted checking out books in the library.  At this time, Meredith’s library was located on the second floor of Johnson Hall.  In 1969 the library moved into its own building: Carlyle Campbell Library. Carlyle Campbell Library was named for Meredith’s fourth president.  To read more about the history of the Meredith College library, click here.

Photo of the Week!

It’s fall 1953. The man in the middle is President Carlyle Campbell.  Becky Calloway, ’55 is on his left;  she served as the president for the class of 1955.  To Dr. Campbell’s right is Marian Lee Campbell, his wife.  Here they can be seen welcoming new students at the reception given each fall.   The 1953-1954 Student Handbook contains a section called “Your College Wardrobe,” where students are advised to bring “long dinner dress or formal evening dress.”   Some of those dresses can be seen here.  Students are also told that “tailored dresses, skirts with blouses or sweaters to match, and suits are worn to class.”

Dr. Jo Allen welcomed the class of 2015 to the Massey House this past week during their orientation week.  The class enjoyed a tour of the Massey House as well as a picnic dinner.

Own a Part of Meredith’s Heritage

The Meredith College Archives is presenting an opportunity to acquire a unique piece of Meredith’s intellectual heritage. At a very reasonable cost you can own a book from Dr. Carlyle Campbell’s personal library.

Carlyle Campbell, president of Meredith from 1939-1966, was respected and beloved by students for his personal and caring manner towards everyone he met. He also had a talent for interpreting the intellectual ideas studied at Meredith in a way that resonated with students. His talks were so memorable that in 1996, 30 years after he retired, alumnae published a collection called Chapel Talks.

Upon his death in 1977, Dr. Campbell’s personal library, books he used to stimulate and expand his considerable intellect, came to the College Archives. This important collection reflects Dr. Campbell’s view of life and the world. With this in mind the Archives produced a complete bibliography and, where appropriate, added books to the library’s circulating collection. With the bibliography finished, we can now offer the remaining volumes to the Meredith community.

For $12.00 the Archives will send you a book from his library, accompanied by a bookmark describing its origin. While we are unable to offer specific subjects or titles, you are sure to be pleased with this piece of Meredith’s intellectual heritage.

Download the order form by clicking here. Complete and return your form to Ted Waller, Carlyle Campbell Library, Meredith College, 3800 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27607.  For questions, contact Ted at 919.760.8381.

Dr. Carlyle Campbell

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