Visitors to URI Library can 'Walk Through Time'
Permanent photo exhibit opens May 5
KINGSTON, R.I. -- May 3, 2000 -- Visitors to the University of Rhode
Island Library can Walk Through Time, thanks to a permanent exhibit of more
than 300 photographs and images that document the University's history as
well as local, national, and international culture and events of the 20th
The exhibit opens this Friday, May 5 at 2 p.m. in the Library's Galanti
Lounge. The public is welcome. William Metz, professor emeritus of history
at URI, will set the exhibit's historical context. A tour of Walk Through
Time will immediately follow. A reception is planned at 3 p.m. The exhibit
may be viewed anytime the URI Library is open.
The exhibit's 34 panels begin just outside the Galanti Lounge on the
third floor. They are displayed in chronological order, on four sides of
the library (including the original exterior wall.)
Originally produced in 1992 by URI's Advancement Division to celebrate
URI's Centennial, Walk Through Time has been enlarged and updated for the
In 1992, literally thousands of photographs, including every page of
every yearbook, were pored over to select approximately 160 images that
best represented more than 100 years of life at the University of Rhode
"The goal was not only to depict events in the university's history,
but also to provide a sense of the culture and a feel for the times in which
those events occurred. URI has always existed as an institution not separate
from our state, country and world, but in fact very much connected to them,"
said Thomas Zorabedian, director of the project.
Walk Through Time has been updated by including many more images from
those 100 years, particularly cultural and historical references, as well
as adding the last decade. The result is a permanent home for more than
330 images (by last count) on the 34 panels.
Walk Through Time is made possible by a generous donation from the late
Professor Emeritus of History Daniel Thomas, and his daughter Margaret;
a grant from Rhode Island 2000, a joint project of First Night Providence,
the Rhode Island Committee for the Humanities and the Rhode Island State
Council on the Arts; and the support and dedication of Dean Winifred Brownell
and the College of Arts & Sciences.
For Information: Thomas Zorabedian, 874-2853, Jan Sawyer,