We’ve long taken for granted the notion that children’s toys can, and perhaps should, be both educational and fun. But this was a relatively novel idea when Pacific University alumnus Alfred Carlton “A.C.” Gilbert (1884-1961) invented the Erector set in the early 1900s.
In July, staff in the Pacific University Archives completed a project to create the first digital inventory of artifacts held by the Pacific University Museum. Among the artifacts discovered in storage were Pacific’s service flag, a relic of the 1940s, when hundreds of students and recent alumni headed overseas to fight in World War II.
In the Spring of 1943, the Associated Women Students at Pacific University created a service flag to honor those serving in the war and those who had been killed. The flag was first hung in the Forest Grove Congregational Church, then Marsh Hall, during the war. Its current whereabouts (2010) are unknown.
Membership in the Alpha Zeta Fraternity at Pacific University is a lifetime affair. Just ask these members from the 1960s, an era of Boxer tosses, hijinks and serious Greek pride.
“Basketball is practically a new game at Pacific and yet the little experience we have had in practice and interclass games has shown us that there is good material both among the girls and boys out of which to develop winning teams.”
Generous donations in hard times led to the matching gift that made Marsh Hall possible
Elva Whitney-Parker ‘53 only attended Pacific University for a class or two, but the memories of her time as part of the Pacific community have lingered.