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Moving day? The photograph reminded Jo Firor Alfenito ’55 that “back in my day, we packed boxes of ‘stuff’ we didn't want, or didn't dare, to bring home to our parents over summer vacation. With proper labels, these treasures were stored, to be delivered to our new dorm the next college year.”
Barbara Emerson ’71 recalls Skidmore’s relocation from the downtown Scribner Campus to the new Jonsson Campus and says, “I’m pretty sure the picture is about the opening of the new library.” She adds that the campus move “must have been a logistical nightmare for the college, but we took it in stride,” what with so much student energy focused on “peace marches and big changes in college rules.” Katy Kramer ’68 remembers a big campus move “over the Christmas holiday in 1965– 66. I had to pack up my whole room in South House before I left and then unpack in Wilmarth (I think?) when we got back. It was muddy—no grass yet!”
Neal Grasso ’96 remembers a different library move: “I’m guessing this was in 1994, just before the library renovations. These boxes of books were going to the Sports and Recreation Center, which served as a temporary library during construction. The expanded library opened in the fall of 1995.” (The Scribner Library improvement was one of the bricks-and-mortar components of the $87 million Skidmore Journey fundraising campaign of the late 1990s.) That one-year “gymbrary” is what Robin Wood ’98 recalls too: “I was a freshman that year, and I avoided spending time there. It was much easier to do research when we had the real library back.” But the eagle-eyed Gavin Bowie ’93 reasons that the scene in the photo “can’t be when the library was renovated, because the truck is 1970s-era, not ’90s-era.” And he’s right: The back of the photo is labeled “Scribner Library, 1966.” The truck must be loading books into the library on the new campus.