The Texas A&M Cushing Memorial Library and Archives announced a new exhibition, opening Thursday, that will celebrate Aggie traditions and showcase numerous items representing the university and its history.
The formal opening of the exhibit, titled A Spirit Can Ne’er Be Told: Traditions of Aggieland, will take place in Cushing Library from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday.
Items displayed include the oldest known Aggie Ring, an ax handle that survived being thrown in the ’89 Bonfire, uniforms, yell books, a facsimile of the 1946 Corregidor Muster Flag, and Reveille II’s last everyday collar.
Archivist Greg Bailey said Friday afternoon that the exhibition will feature materials found in the University Archives, along with some “key” items loaned for the exhibition, which runs through Feb. 28.
“Aggies love Texas A&M and its history. This exhibit showcases the tradition of A&M and the origins of those traditions,” Bailey said. “Some of these time-honored traditions have been around since the late 1890s or early 1900s — and this exhibit shows where those traditions come from.”
According to a Cushing press release, the opening celebration will feature a “mini yell practice” on the steps of the library and a panel discussion with four former yell leaders: Richard Biondi, class of 1960; Bob Segner, class of 1969; Marty Holmes, class of 1987; and Roy May, class of 2015.
Bailey said that the 1946 Corregidor Muster flag will be displayed only at the ceremonial opening.
The exhibit is free and open to the public. Cushing Library is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.