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Founders Memorial Library Exhibits


October 2017

Main Exhibit: "Homecoming: 111 Years Strong"

Please join the Regional History Center during the month of October in celebration of American Archives Month and the opening of our exhibit ‘Homecoming: 111 Years Strong.’ The exhibit focuses on the history of homecoming at Northern and highlights items from the University Archives, including school pennants, buttons, yearbooks, photographs, football programs, sports memorabilia, and more. Come discover what you thought you knew about the Huskies’ Homecoming. A few things may surprise you!

The exhibit will remain on display through the month of October. The main exhibit will be on display in the foyer of Founders Memorial Library and will continue in the Regional History Center (room 400).

The exhibit is free and open to all. Library hours: M-Th 8AM-midnight; F 8AM-10PM; Sa 9AM-10PM; Su 1PM-midnight. Regional History Center hours: M-F 8AM-noon; 1-4:30PM. Contact us at or 815-753-1779 for more information.

Interested in other Chicago Open Archives events for the month of October? Visit

Regional History Center exhibit – Fourth Floor

Reading Room cases: “Homecoming: 111 Years Strong”

Second Floor & Rare Books and Special Collections exhibit - Second & Fourth Floor

“Because the world is at the window”:  A Century of Gwendolyn Brooks, a Century of Chicago

Author, activist, South-sider. “‘Because the world is at the window’: A Century of Gwendolyn Brooks, a Century of Chicago” celebrates the centenary of the poet with an exhibit that focuses on how Chicago shaped the life and work of the first African American to win the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. Brooks famously declared about her Bronzeville home, “If you wanted a poem, you had only to look out of a window.” The exhibit explores how the cultural vibrancy and political energy of a segregated city helped inspire some of the twentieth century’s most anthologized and acclaimed verse.

Contact persons: Beth McGowan,, (815) 753-1947; Kathy Ladell,, (815) 753-5290; Dee Anna Phares,, (815) 753-0343

Southeast Asia Collection exhibit - Fourth Floor

“Southeast Asian Children’s Books”

The exhibit features children’s book from various Southeast Asian countries. Categories of books include, animal stories, Cinderella stories and folktales.

Contact person: Joanna Kulma,, (815) 753-1819

Contact Us

Fred Barnhart, Dean

Phone: (815) 753-1094

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Northern Illinois University
217 Normal Rd
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828

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