Forsyth Library welcomes alumni and friends back to campus this weekend for Oktoberfest and Homecoming! The library will be open on Friday until 4:30, and we will resume regular hours on Saturday. Stop by and visit for awhile!
Homecoming is a time for reunions, and one of them is the The Leader/Reveille/University Relations reunion which will be taking place on Saturday afternoon. The University Archives (located on the main floor of the library) has copies of all the yearbooks, microfilmed copies of the newspaper, and copies of many years of press releases from the University Relations office. The Reveille is among the most asked for item in the University Archives, and the first yearbook that was published is now online, thanks to the efforts and work of our Digital Collections personnel. We will be inputting more yearbooks online as the year progresses. Here is the link where you can view the 1914 Reveille – http://contentcat.fhsu.edu/cdm4/browse.php?CISOROOT=%2Fyearbook
The Reveille began publication in 1914 shortly after William A. Lewis became President of Fort Hays Kansas Normal School. It was published annually, with the exception of 1918 and 1919. Those two editions were combined into one yearbook which was published in the spring of 1919, and it was the “Victory Edition”. The editions for 1944 and 1945 are really thin which indicated that the campus was basically a “no mans land” due to the men being at war. According to Dr. Forsythe’s book “The First 75 Years”, the students of the late 1960’s and early 1970’s were concerned about the usefulness or value of the yearbook, but it still remained a part of campus life through that time. In 2003, it was recommended to the Student Government Association that the yearbook cease publication. The SGA Allocations Committee cut the Reveille from the budget in April of that year.
Have a fun and safe Homecoming weekend, and Go Tigers!