Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Friends of Alexander M. Bracken Library Annual Dinner Scheduled

Ball State University Libraries Friends of Alexander M. Bracken Library Annual Dinner Features Movers and Stakers

The annual dinner and meeting of the Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library will be held on April 1, 2009, at the Ball State University Alumni Center. The reception begins at 6:00 P.M. with the dinner at 6:30 P.M.

This year’s event will highlight an immersive learning project coordinated by the Telecommunications Department. Nancy Carlson (above) will present a sneak preview of the new documentary Movers and Stakers: Stories along the Indiana National Road and share her own stories of writing and researching the film.

Carlson, chair of the Telecommunications Department, coordinated a student team to create the documentary as an immersive learning project from a National Scenic Byways Grant from the Federal Highway Administration. Carlson and her students researched stories from residents who lived near the National Road in Indiana, which stretches from Richmond to Terre Haute near Indiana Highway 40. According to Carlson, “no one has told the many human stories of building the road, living along it or traveling across it.” The Geospatial Resources & Map Collection and University Libraries provided maps, books, and other research resources for the project.

Tickets for the Friends dinner are $25. For more information about purchasing tickets to the dinner or joining the group, please contact John B. Straw, Executive Secretary of the Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library at 765/285-5078. The Friends Web page is located at http://www.bsu.edu/library/collections/friends/ and includes programs and photographs from previous dinners.

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