The Watkinson Library Celebrates 100 Years of 'The Trinity Tripod'

Exhibit Highlights Students’ Writing Since 1904

The Trinity Tripod has documented 111 years of student perceptions regarding the college and the country, from covering the residential stay of apprentice seamen to students’ opinions on the creation of Facebook,

The Watkinson Library is honoring the newspaper's legacy through a special exhibit, "Ten Decades of the Tripod, 1904 – 2004: A Century of Trinity from the Student Perspective."  The exhibit will officially open on Tuesday, October 6, with a reception held from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and guests can participate in "Trin-Trivia,"  a game about Trinity College history that was devised by Head Curator Rick Ring. Through this exhibit – on display until November 27 – the Watkinson Library aims to show students the impact the college's newspaper has had on preserving the institution's history.

This special exhibit began with six boxes of The Trinity Tripod issues dating back to the 1960s, donated by Dr. Francis Egan, professor emeritus of economics.  The Watkinson Library matched the donation with archived issues it had of the newspaper. The exhibit displays 100 years of Trinity history in the making.

As one of the first issues of The Trinity Tripod describes, the purpose of the newspaper team has always been to promote and acknowledge the student perspective on global, national, and local issues. Through the students’ voices the exhibit demonstrates the changing attitudes of the campus community on a variety of topics.

The exhibit features Trinity’s reaction to the Vietnam War, alcohol regulations, the first use of computers, changes to the administration, and the rising success of the squash team. When women first attended Trinity in the late 1960s, there were comments such as, “…[women view] coming to Trinity as a husband hunting opportunity too good to turn down.” While this is no longer a perspective held, it gives a sense of how far along the campus has come since then.

Just as it has done so for 110 years now, The Trinity Tripod will continue to document history and share with the world the voices of Trinity students.

Written by Ana Medina ’16