“Momentum” Exhibit Now on Display in Olin Library

The inauguration of Andrew D. Martin as the 15th chancellor of Washington University in St. Louis is a historic moment. Many activities are planned for October 3. Go here for more information regarding the inauguration.

One highlight of the occasion is Momentum: Bridging Past, Present, and Future, the Chancellor’s Inauguration exhibition, which is now on display on Level 1 of Olin Library in the Kagan Grand Staircase Lobby. The exhibition focuses on the inauguration theme of momentum. One exhibit case highlights the Eads Bridge and its many connections to WashU, including original drawings of the bridge, along with books and images. The second case highlights stories that reflect on aspects of WashU’s history, which Chancellor Martin has told at various events on campus and in the community in his first months as chancellor.

The stories fit into four themes:

  • In St. Louis, For St. Louis
  • Educational Access
  • Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Academic Distinction and Staff Excellence


The exhibition will be on view through December 15, 2019. It was organized by University Archivist Sonya Rooney in collaboration with Miranda Rectenwald, curator of Local History at Washington University Libraries; Robert Moore, senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and National Park Service Historian at Gateway Arch National Park; and the Office of the Chancellor. Special thanks to the Bernard Becker Medical Library, Mechanical Engineering & Materials Science, WashU Public Affairs, and WashU Alumni and Development.

See the related article in The Source.

Top right image: Details of Superstructure of the Illinois and St. Louis Bridge (Eads Bridge), No. 30, Support of cross beam of lower road-way at joinings no’s 10 and 11, centre span.

Top left image: WashU students help with sandbagging efforts during The Great Flood of 1993 in St. Louis as part of the WashU Flood Response Team.


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