MSU opens vaults, invites public to view 'treasures'

Contact: Harriet Laird

STARKVILLE, Miss.--A varied exhibition--19th century clothing, 500 million-year-old fossils, clocks from the 1700s, and ancient woodworking tools, among others--will be featured for the next eight months at Mississippi State University.

Titled "Treasures from the Vault: Collections of the Mississippi State University Museums and Galleries," the display opens Wednesday [April 1] at the Cullis Wade Depot Gallery. Concluding Nov. 20, the free exhibition may be viewed 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Sponsored by the university's Museums and Galleries Committee and Division of Finance and Administration, the collection blends "everything from moths to music, fabrics to fossils, clocks to compasses, and art to archaeology," said committee chair Lynn Prewitt.

"For several years, this committee has wanted to bring attention to these collections, which are not all accessible to the public and widely spread across campus," added the assistant research professor in the College of Forest Resources.

Nine campus units are participating, including the Department of Art and Colvard Student Union galleries, Dunn-Seiler Museum of Geology, Lois Dowdle Cobb Museum of Archaeology, and Historic Costume and Textiles Collection. Others involved are the Cully A. Cobb and Priester Antique Tool Collections, Charles H. Templeton Music Museum, Cullis and Gladys Wade Clock Museum, and Mississippi Entomological Museum.

Committee member Samantha Musil, assistant director of the Colvard Student Union, said, "We're very fortunate to have such a variety of museums and galleries on campus. This exhibit is a unique combination of artifacts from around the world."

The Wade Gallery is located adjacent to the Barnes & Noble at Mississippi State Bookstore.

For more information, contact Prewitt at 662-325-4083 or

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