Special Collections Exhibit to Provide Football Friday Tours
Heisman Trophy winner Herschel Walker's jersey will be on display at the Special Collections Libraries

Oct. 10, 2013

ATHENS, Ga. - An exhibit of historical football memorabilia from the UGA Athletic Association Archives will be displayed at the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries (300 South Hull St.) throughout the fall, and guided tours of the three Special Collections galleries will be offered on the remaining three home football game Fridays (Oct. 11, Nov. 8 and Nov. 22) at 3 p.m.

The exhibit "Leather Helmets and Silver Britches: Georgia's Football Heritage" features photos, scrapbooks and bowl game souvenirs. Various game jerseys, including those of UGA's two Heisman trophy winners -- Frank Sinkwich and Herschel Walker -- are also on display, as are mementos from the 1980 National Championship season.

Additionally within the exhibit, tribute is paid to Von Gammon, whose fatal injury in an 1897 game led the state legislature to consider banning football at state institutions. Gammon's mother appealed to the governor to prevent the ban. A telegraph from "Pop" Warner, Georgia's head coach from 1895-96, expresses his regret at being unable to attend a memorial service for Gammon.

Along with the football memorabilia exhibit, fans can also discover both the familiar and the lesser-known stories from Georgia's storied past in the museum galleries of UGA's three special collections libraries. Featuring some of the most significant and treasured materials from Georgia's history, the galleries are filled with cultural and historical artifacts from each collection.

Fans interested in a guided tour on home football game Fridays should meet in the second floor rotunda of the Russell Building for Special Collections Libraries (300 S. Hull Street, located near the intersection of Baxter and Lumpkin streets). Parking is available for off-campus visitors in the Hull Street Parking Deck (via the Baxter Street entrance).

For additional information or to arrange a group tour, please contact Jean Cleveland at jclevela@uga.edu or (706) 542-8079.

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