Schumann Library Exhibiting Student Memorabilia and Tools from the 1920s

September 4, 2019

An ax and a helmet

A mining ax and hard hat that once belonged to Joseph Odlum, Steam and Electrical Power Plant Practice '25 (PHOTOS BY YUNJIA HOU)

Do you know what was happening at Wentworth roughly 100 years ago?What’s the difference in campus life between that time and today?

To help answer those questions, the Guarracino Gallery within the Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons is hosting an exhibit called “TBTwenties: Student Memorabilia and Tools in the 1920s” — a decade of boundless discovery in art, literature, science, and politics.

The display includes books, mementos, and tools belonging to Joseph W. Odlum, once a student in the Steam and Electrical Power Plant Practice at Wentworth – as well as items from the Wentworth archives. Mr. Odlum’s son, Frank A. Odlum, discovered his father’s objects in the process of downsizing his house and graciously donated them to the university.

The installation features photographs, graduation certificates from Wentworth, in addition to tools used by Odlum during his engineering career: a hard hat, mining ax, slide rules, calipers, and more.

The exhibit is on display until October 9 and it is free and open to the public during regular library hours.

Glimpse a view of the exhibit in the photos below or on our Flickr page.

More information can be found at the Douglas D. Schumann Library & Learning Commons website.

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