Opened in 2007, the Moberly Area Community College Alumni Museum houses memorabilia and historical documents dating back to the College’s inception.
While the Museum is the vision of Dr. Evelyn Jorgenson, the MACC Board of Trustees, and the MACC Alumni Association, the collection was growing long before it opened. The late Dean of Instruction, David Kropf, realized the need to preserve College history and asked librarian Valerie Darst to collect memorabilia with historical significance to the College. When the Museum began to take shape, material was waiting to be separated, catalogued and preserved. Responding to appeals, alums donated or lent the Museum college memorabilia. The result is a grand walk through Moberly & MACC history.
The Alumni Museum is housed in room 116, a former classroom on the main floor of the Main Building on the Moberly campus. A Wall of History greets the visitor at the entrance. Six panels depict important events from a particular era in the College’s history, beginning with the 20's and 30's and leading up to the present. This includes chronicling the Board of Trustees, the administration, building changes and additions, and evolvement of curriculum and student activities.
One wall is dedicated to the football and basketball programs of the College from years ago. Visitors are whisked back to the old Coliseum as they wander through the display of uniforms, pictures of former players and coaches, programs, medals and promotional items from past years.
Space is available for visitors to trace the progress of the College through yearbooks, MACC Newsletters, student newspapers and graduation programs. Other items of interest include a blue print of the original college building, programs from past drama and music presentations, and writings by former faculty members. There is also a large display unit featuring photos of students and faculty and staff from the different decades.
The Museum is staffed daily by the Foundation & Alumni director. Periodic exhibits, rotating displays and receptions for College events occur regularly and campus tours are available. The College is happy to accept new memorabilia at any time to maintain the history of this great institution.
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