9:38 AM, April 8, 2011


 AUBURN, Ala. – The Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University Libraries will host an exhibit of messages and other artifacts left at the Toomer’s Corner Oaks in the days following the announcement in early February that the trees had been poisoned. The exhibit will open to the public at the Ralph Brown Draughon Library on Tuesday, April 12 and will remain open through the A-Day weekend of April 16 and 17 during regular library hours.

 “We know there were many Auburn fans around the state and even the nation who wished they could have been here with their well wishes for the trees when the initial shock of the poisoning news hit,” said Greg Schmidt, special collections librarian at Auburn University Libraries. “As we expect many out-of-town fans to show up for A-Day activities, we wanted to give them a chance to at least experience the flavor of the reaction that members of the Auburn family had in the days following that sad news.”

The artifacts gathered at the trees and slated to be in the exhibit include many get-well wishes for the trees from small children and adults alike, and tributes from current and former students. These artifacts take all shapes from simple cards and signs to the victory-celebration corner’s signature item - rolls of toilet paper.

The exhibit will be on the first floor of the Ralph Brown Draughon Library. Library and exhibit hours during A-Day activities are Saturday, April 16 from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. and reopening Sunday, April 17 at 1 p.m. and remaining open on the library’s regular 24/5 schedule.

(Contributed by W. Jayson Hill)

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