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Metamorphosis: Transformation from Agriculture College to University


The UMass Amherst Libraries will host an exhibit, “Metamorphosis: Transformation from Agriculture College to University,” from May 20, 2013 through September 27, 2013, on the Lower Level and in Special Collections and University Archives, on Floor 25, in W.E.B. Du Bois Library, UMass Amherst. “Metamorphosis” is the second of three exhibits celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of University of Massachusetts Amherst. This exhibit picks up where the first exhibit “Pioneers” leaves off – focusing on the period just before World War I through post-World War II, during a time of incredible transition for the University as it adapted to the quickly changing twentieth century.

By examining and highlighting specific departments, organizations, and activities on campus, this exhibit is a prism for looking at the adaptations and transformations from the early twentieth century through the brief change to Mass State College and then the transition to a full university. “Metamorphosis” explores the expansion of the departments, including Entomology (the first department to grant a graduate degree); the experiences of the college community during the World Wars, the increasing number of women on campus; and the development of student clubs and traditions such as the Roister Doister Drama Club and Winter Carnival.

For more information, contact Anne Moore (, 413-545-6888).