Founders Memorial Library Exhibits

Starting January 2020

Founders Gallery – Main Floor

"Becoming Huskies"

The exhibition, "Becoming Huskies," highlights the transitions and traditions, moments and events that have led to our growth and identity as Huskies today.

On display from February through December 2020.

Please join us for the 125th Anniversary Exhibit Reception: Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 5:00PM at Founders Memorial Library.

Contact person: Sarah Cain,, (815) 753-0255.

Regional History Center – Fourth Floor

Reading Room cases: "NIU Student Festivals: Traditions of Fun"

Campus has come together for friendly competition, light-hearted entertainment, carnivals, and social dances since its founding in 1899. These events are ways for NIU students to build community and unwind. Today Homecoming remains the one major campus event, but in the past May Fete and Winter Carnival were just as important.

These festivities serve as reminders that college is about more than academics and offers the chance for campus-wide fun.

Entry Way Exhibit case: "NIU's Memory Art Walk"

From our Art building’s studio spaces to visiting artist, there have been a broad range of artwork that has been created and displayed throughout campus. The mini display holds event postcards featuring artwork for exhibitions held at campus, memorabilia and student artwork.

Contact person: Margret Abbott,, (815) 753-1779.

Rare Books and Special Collections - Fourth Floor

"Towards Freedom: Black History in Rare Books and Special Collections"

In honor of Black History Month in February, this exhibit depicts the plight of African Americans from the time of slavery to current issues in a variety of genres.

Contact person: Angie Schroeder,, (815) 753-8091.

Southeast Asia Collection - Fourth Floor

"Exploring Southeast Asia"

The exhibit focuses on the art, culture, languages, fashion and food of Southeast Asia.  It also features flyers for various study abroad opportunities through NIU which invite students to go on their own exploration of Southeast Asia. This exhibit was put together in conjunction with International Education Week.

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

Contact Us

Dean's Office
Founders Memorial Library
217 Normal Rd
DeKalb, IL 60115-2828
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