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WKU Hilltopper Heritage - Special Events

WKU Hilltopper Heritage is a set of links to sources regarding the history of the university including biographies of faculty, staff and alumni, photographs and departmental histories. Some of the sites are maintained by other departments on campus and may not provide a link back to this site. In that event, use the BACK button on your browser, if you wish to return to this site.

For more information regarding the history of Western Kentucky University please contact the WKU Archives.

 Administration Faculty & Staff
 Alumni Photographs
 Athletics Special Events
 Buildings & Grounds Student Organizations
Collection Inventories WKU Traditions & Memories

Special Events


25th Anniversary   
75th Anniversary
 - WKU - Collection Inventory
Allied Institutions - Collection Inventory
Centennial - WKU

Centennial - Collection Inventory

Timeline - A Century of
WKU: A Century of Spirit - Collection Inventory

Founder's Day

A Brief Tribute by James Davis, 1968 - digitized
A Brief Tribute by M.W. Marshall, 1964 - digitized
Address by Alfred Crabb, 1943 - digitized
Address by Julia Neal, 1965 - digitized
Address by Lowell Harrison & Kelly Thompson, 1967 - digitized
Concert Program, 2006 - digitized
Shoe Laces & Bell Ropes by Willson Wood, 1966 - digitized
Western Kentucky State College by Finley Grise, 1961 - digitized


Kissing Bridge 

Calendar of Events - digitized

1973 - Feb., Sept., Oct., Dec.
1974 - Feb., March, April, May, Oct., Nov.
1975 - March, April, May, Oct., Nov., Dec./Jan.


Commencement File - Collection Inventory


Get on the Bus 
Hilltoppers Quartet   


Ogden's First Homecoming
WKU Beauty Queens 
WKU's First Homecoming

Lecture Series

L.Y. Lancaster Lectuer Series - Collection Inventory
Martin Luther King Forum - Collection Inventory
Nobel Laureate Lecture Series - Collection Inventory
Rodes-Helm Lecture Series

An Evening with a Scientist and a Newspaper Man - Gray & Ausenbaugh - index
Collection Inventory  
Once & Future South - Edgerton & Miller - index

Student Government Association

Events - Collection Inventory
Lecture Series - Collection Inventory

University Lecture Series - Collection Inventory


An Evening with a Scientist and a Newspaper Man - audio - index
John Conyers Interview
- audio - index
L.Y. Lancaster Lecture Series - audio - Collection Inventory
Martin Luther King Forum - audio - Collection Inventory
Nobel Laureate Lecture Series - audio - Collection Inventory
Once & Future South - audio - index
Rodes-Helm Lecture Series - audio - Collection Inventory
University Lecture Series - audio - index
William Porter Interview - audio - index
WKU: A Century of Spirit - audio - index


Events Photographs - Collection Inventory
Events Photos - digitized
Public Relations Photographs - Collection Inventory
Public Relations Photos - digitized


Publications - Collection Inventory
Vietnam Protests 


Century of Spirit

100 Hours of Life on the Hill
Campus Planning
Centennial Timeline
Impact & Education
Leadership & Community
Student Life

Refrigerator Bowl
Traditions Shared

1998 Hail Storm


John Conyers Interview - index
William Porter Interview - index


A college is not its campus, its walks, its buildings. A college is an ideal, a spirit, a long tradition, a zeal for more life and more knowledge. It is more than its president, more than its board of control, more than its faculty and students of a single year. A college represents the friendships and the achievements of all the known and unknown people who have made it possible, who have given it a distinct stamp, who have extended it material and moral support, who have interpreted its spirit into useful lives.

~Henry Cherry

Band Day


Vietnam Moratorium


WKU Pageant

Livestock Judging

WKU Homecoming Float

 WKU Bonfire

WKU Glasgow Opening

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