Veterans Appreciation Week

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This art supplement from The Galveston Daily News, September 29, 1918 is a newspaper edition of an original poster by Joseph Pennell Del. called, “That Liberty Shall Not Perish from the Earth – Buy Liberty Bonds, Fourth Liberty Loan.” The image on the poster shows the Statue of Liberty in ruins, and the New York City skyline burning.

The image and words were meant to invoke patriotism so that Americans would buy $6 billion in Fourth Liberty Loan bonds. These bonds would pay for supplies for the soldiers that were still fighting in Europe. In less than two months on November 11, 1918, the Armistice would be signed and the War to End All Wars would be over.

Sam Houston Normal Institute sent many students to become soldiers and fight in WWI. When the fighting was over and the students came back the tradition of observing Armistice Day was begun. In 1954 Armistice Day was renamed to Veterans Day. This Veterans Day celebration is still observed today.

To see the original poster and learn more about posters from WWI that are held by the Library of Congress, click here: https://www.loc.gov/item/2002712077/

To see more about Sam Houston State University’s history of honoring the Armed Forces come visit the Special Collection, Thomason Room (named for John W. Thomason, artist, Marine, SHNI graduate) and the University Archives.

HAPPY 136TH SAM HOUSTON STATE UNIVERSITY!

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Happy 136th Anniversary Sam Houston State University!

The Sam Houston Normal Institute was signed into being as the first teacher-training institution of Texas on April 21,1879 by Texas Governor Oran M. Roberts. The school itself did not open for students until October 10, 1879.

Have you ever wondered what those first students studied and what text books they used? The image above was scanned from the very first 1879-1880 Sam Houston Normal Institute Catalogue. To see what the original catalogue looked like click here:

SHNI Bulletin 1879

To find out more about the establishment of Sam Houston State University or the first students come visit the SHSU University Archives. University Archives is open M-F, 8-5.

WHOA! 90 Years of BearKat Orange and White

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SHSU colors 10 01 2014

After 18 years as the Sam Houston State University Archivist, there are very few things that will make me go, “WHOA”, anymore. But today with the turn of a page from a ledger of 1923-1937 faculty meeting minutes, the answer to one of my top five unanswered questions about Sam Houston State University history was revealed.

How and when did Sam Houston State University adopt the school colors of orange and white?

Today’s BearKats know our University colors as orange and white, but that hasn’t always been the case. Prior to early 1924 the colors of our school were yellow and white. Back then, we were the Sam Houston Normal Institute, “Normals”. When in early 1923 the Sam Houston Normal Institute changed names to the Sam Houston State Teachers College (SHSTC) it was decided by President Harry F. Estill and the Athletic Council that a change of school colors was in order.

In the SHSTC faculty meeting of December 13, 1923, the matter of school color was brought up by Mr. Earl Huffor, Professor of English, who recommended the colors of orange and white. Since the matter was supposed to be handled by the Athletic Council, the faculty decided to appoint their own special committee members to assist the Athletic Council with the problem. It was decided that Mr. Earl Huffor, Professor of English, Miss Anna Loring, Professor of Art, and S. C. Wilson, Professor of Agricultural Education would be the Color Committee members. So the College went on Christmas break and the matter was left to be decided in January of 1924.

In the next faculty meeting January 8, 1924 the matter of the College’s colors was brought up again and Mr. Huffor, speaking for the Color Committee, reported that the committee had decided on deep orange and white as the College colors.

And so as they say, history was made that day. Ninety years have gone by for the colors of ole’ orange and white so rest easy Professor Huffor the colors you picked were just BearKat right.

To see the original 1923-1937 SHSTC Faculty Meeting Minutes ledger the above image is from, come visit the University Archives, Newton Gresham Library, Room 400, M-F, 8-5.