MC students host History Fair

March 27, 2012
Contact: Chloe Kennedy, News and New Media Writer
865.981.8209; chloe.kennedy@maryvillecollege.edu

Members of Phi Alpha Theta, the Maryville College Historical Society, are hosting their first-ever History Fair on Sat., March 31.

The event, which will be held from noon until 3 p.m. on the College’s outdoor classroom in Humphreys Court and the lawn in front of Pearsons Hall, will serve as a fundraiser for Anderson Hall. Last year, the College launched a $4 million campaign to renovate the interior space for 21st-century teaching and learning spaces for faculty and students.

The event is open to the public, and while there is no admission fee, donations for Anderson Hall are appreciated. In the event of rain, the fair will be held in the College’s Alumni Gym.

“When we were planning the event, we wanted to choose a cause to focus our efforts on as a society,” said Cecilia Henderson, MC junior and president of Phi Alpha Theta. “We chose the renovation of Anderson Hall because it houses the history department. It is where we history majors spend the majority of our time, and it is a huge part of our lives as Maryville College students.”

Martha Hess, a 1967 Maryville College alumna and former MC registrar, will tell stories about the two bells of Anderson Hall. The original Anderson Hall bell will be on display throughout the event, and the current Anderson Hall bell in the tower will be rung at the beginning and end of the event.

The entirely student-driven event will include a game area featuring games that were popular around the turn of the century. A caricature booth will allow attendees to purchase a caricature for a $5 donation. Several Maryville College departments and organizations are also involved with the event. An information table will have details about the history of Anderson Hall, and library staff members will display archival photos of Anderson Hall. The Maryville College Cooking Club will make food for the event.

The MC psychology department will have a display that outlines the department’s history with Anderson Hall. The psychology department was started by Dr. Jasper Barnes, who served as professor of psychology and education at the College from 1892 until 1931. The display will include antique psychological equipment that belonged to Barnes.

“The History Fair is just one of the many grassroots ways that the Maryville College student body is embracing the Anderson Hall fundraising effort,” said Holly Jackson-Sullivan, vice president for advancement and community relations at Maryville College. “We have set student goal of a total of $35,000 to be raised by students between now and May 31, 2013 toward the $4 million interior overall fundraising efforts. Funds will be raised through senior class fundraising, the sale of DVDs and other events.”

Phi Alpha Theta is one of several student organizations on campus. The objectives of the organization include: to promote the awareness, study, and appreciation of the art and science of history; to support the community of historians and those with an interest in history at Maryville College, and in the wider community; and to preserve the historical legacy at Maryville College.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.