Celebrating 50 Years of Women’s Varsity Athletics
Celebrating 50 Years of Women’s Varsity Athletics

In the 1963-64 academic year, Women’s Varsity Athletics at Springfield College officially began with field hockey, basketball, softball and tennis. These teams ushered in a brand new era at Springfield College. Advances in the women’s sports program have continued ever since.

The Art and Madeline Slicer Turnvereine Stein Collection
The Art and Madeline Slicer Turnvereine Stein Collection

What do German beer steins and gymnastics have in common?  Quite a lot, actually.  Although beer steins have been around for several hundred years and represent a range of subjects, the steins in this collection depict a unique time period in history:  the development of sporting clubs in nineteenth-century Germany.

James Naismith
James Naismith’s Life and Legacy: Celebrating 150 Years

The University of Kansas Libraries' exhibition, “James Naismith’s Life and Legacy: Celebrating 150 Years” celebrates the 150th birthday of basketball’s inventor. McGill University, Springfield College and the University of Kansas all share a history with Dr. James Naismith. Born and raised in Canada, Naismith graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, in 1887.

A lantern slide of Judd Gymnasia's east gymnasium.
YMCA Historical Image Collection

These collections depict the work of the YMCA and the YMCA Training School in urban and rural settings, during the Spanish American War and World War I, on Native American reservations, in educational settings, and through social and recreational programs.

Who Were the First Basket Ball Players?
Who Were the First Basket Ball Players?

The story of the creation of Basketball is well-known. But who were these restless young men who first played the game? The 18 college men of a one-hour school athletic class. Their names are known, but there is little else known about them. Their histories. Their work. Their passions. In the pages of this exhibit, we will explore who these men were, what they did, and how they continued the legacy started with Dr. Naismith and the Creation of Basketball. 
 

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