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Oct 10 2012

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years of Shaping the Future Opens at NCSU Libraries

Designed in 1940 by William Sidney Wilson, a student in electrical engineering, this is reputed to be the world's first electrical guitar that provided an individual pickup for each string.

(Raleigh, N.C.)—As part of North Carolina State University’s 125th anniversary celebration, the NCSU Libraries is pleased to present One Hundred Twenty-Five Years of Shaping the Future, an exhibition that honors and explores the university’s history as an engine for educational innovation and economic growth for North Carolina and the world.

North Carolina State College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts President Alexander Q. Holladay, faculty, and first freshman class posing in front of the college's main building (later named Holladay Hall).

When Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act legislation that gave the states seed money for land grant colleges, he meant the investment to change the world.

In 1887 the people of North Carolina seized that opportunity, establishing the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts. For 125 years the school—now NC State University—has demonstrated a genius for imagining the future and then doing the thinking, research, and work to make that future happen.

Presented through photos, images, and artifacts from the University Archives housed in the NCSU Libraries, from the State Archives of North Carolina, and from a host of individuals and groups that love the university, Shaping the Future covers a broad range of topics—from athletics to atomic research, notable milestones to nanotechnology, economics to electrical engineering—that leads the visitor from the New South to the New New South, and tells the story of NC State’s transformative role in that journey.

One Hundred Twenty-Five Years of Shaping the Future will be open and free to the public in the D. H. Hill Library Exhibit Gallery during regular hours through March 7, 2013. The exhibit has been generously supported by the NC State University 125th Anniversary Committee.