Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives

Current Exhibits

What’s Cookin', Good Lookin'? Becoming a Domestic Goddess at Woman’s College

Fri, 25 Sep 2015 14:00:00 +0000

Student baking during a
Department of Home Economics class, 1947

As the State Normal and Industrial School was founded with the mission of producing teachers and educating women to assist in the recovery of the post Civil War South, classes needed to support the three concentrations of study: teaching, home economics, and business. The early administration of the school did not view these programs as mutually exclusive, insisting, “a model woman, as the mistress of a model home, ought to know something of business, and above all things, ought to be an intelligent teacher.” In the 1930s, what was then the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina, provided the opportunity for students to earn valuable practical experience in household management by working in one of the campus’ Home Management Houses. By the 1940s, the Department of Home Economics offered seven specialized focuses of study, including course concentration in Foods and Nutrition, an invaluable area of knowledge as the United States implemented food rationing initiatives during World War II.

“What’s Cookin’, Good Lookin’?: Becoming a Domestic Goddess at the Woman’s College” features photographs and artifacts reflecting the Department of Home Economics curriculum, as well as excerpts from the Special Collections and University Archives’ Home Economics Pamphlets Collection. The exhibit can be viewed from September 25th - November 2nd, 2015.

Exhibit - Maud Gatewood: Sketches

Tue, 08 Sep 2015 20:03:00 +0000

Maud Florance Gatewood was a widely recognized Southeastern artist and painter. Her most familiar work is known to feature natural landscapes and botanicals as well as figurative designs that depict various aspects of the human experience. Gatewood's artwork currently resides in several public and private collections, including the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC.

Gatewood was born on January 8, 1934 and raised in Yanceyville, North Carolina. In 1954, she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the Woman's College of the University of North Carolina (now The University of North Carolina at Greensboro) and, in 1955, a Master's Degree from Ohio State University.

In 1963, Gatewood was awarded a Fulbright scholarship with which she studied in Austria under Oskar Kokoschka. Also among her awards and recognitions, she received the 1984 North Carolina Award in Fine Arts, the American Academy of Arts and Letters painting award in 1972, and an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degree from UNCG in 1999.

In addition to painting, Gatewood was also a very active member of her community, elected as the first female member of the Caswell County Board of Commissioners with which she served for several years. She became a faculty member at UNC Charlotte in 1964 and a founding head of the university's Art Department. She passed away November 8, 2004 in Chapel Hill at the age of 70.

This exhibit featuring select drawings from Maud Gatewood's sketchbooks is on display in the Hodges Reading Room from August 31, 2015 to January 8, 2016.

Our exhibit is part of The Maud Gatewood Trail.  Check out this brochure for more locations to see Maud Gatewood's art on display.

A Flair for the Dramatic: Early Campus Theater Productions,1896-1916

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 17:08:00 +0000

A Midsummer Night's Dream, 1912
The students of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro claim a rich history of dramatic performance. From the campus’s earliest years as the State Normal and Industrial School for Women, the student body has authored plays, created stage sets, sewn costumes, and performed both male and female roles. The first theatrical performance was County Fair in 1894, and each subsequent year saw an increase in the dramatic repertoire enjoyed by students, faculty, and the public. As there was no drama program at the time, student groups, such as the campus literary societies (predecessors of the modern sorority), the YWCA, specific classes, and the Dramatics Club (beginning in 1912) organized and performed for the pleasure of the campus.

An exhibit featuring photographs of student dramatic productions dating from 1896 to 1916 is on display in the Elliott University Center connector from September 1st until November 1st.

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