Past Exhibits

These exhibits were previously displayed in the Archives. Learn more about our Current Exhibits.

OYC exhibit


In July 1996, in concert with the Atlanta Olympic Games, young people from around world convened at Berry College to participate in the official Olympic Youth Camp. This unique event, featuring 458 campers representing over 150 nations, comprised a festival of cultural exchange and Olympic spirit that transformed the Berry College campus.  Throughout the gathering, participants shared not only in sport, but in dance, drama, art, and an array of Olympic-themed workshops.  In this 20th anniversary year, we invite you to learn more about Berry’s Olympic moment.

Exhibit 02Roosevelt Cabin: From Simple Beginnings to Historical significance

One of the oldest buildings on campus, Roosevelt Cabin was designed by school architect Captain John Gibbs Barnwell and constructed by Berry students in 1902. “The Cabin,” as it was originally called, was conceived as a quaint, rustic abode whose very simplicity would symbolize Berry’s unadorned, honest, and earnest approach to education. Originally employed as a residence and office for founder, Martha Berry, the Cabin stood at the symbolic center of campus life, and became a frequent hub of social activity. The Cabin took on added historical significance, and a new name, in 1910, following Theodore Roosevelt's visit to the Berry Schools. For some time afterward, the Cabin remained a fixture of campus life, hosting religious services, meetings, and conferences, as well as Christmas and Mountain Day celebrations. In later years, Martha Berry became very mindful of preserving Roosevelt Cabin as a symbol of the college’s humble beginnings. Its recent restoration and re-opening affirms Roosevelt Cabin’s foundational place at the heart of the Berry College community.  

Exhibit_01(1)Giving Back to Berry: Celebrating 30 Years of Alumni Work Week

Berry students are known for their service, which does not stop at graduation. For the past 30 years, Berry alumni have been returning to Berry to donate their time and labor to improve the Berry community. In 1985, alumni dedicated a week to improving Berry’s campus. Alumni participate in everything from housekeeping to restoring classic cars. Once work is completed, alumni find time to enjoy their reunion with other alumni. There are many activities to entertain alumni during the week including quartets, a musical, and even an auction. Between the work and entertainment, Alumni Work Week is an event that many alumni look forward to all year, and the Berry community cherishes the dedication of alumni to their alma mater.

Mountain Day 1983100 Years of Mountain Day: History and Traditions

Mountain Day is the most anticipated tradition for the Berry community. With the upcoming celebration of the event’s 100th anniversary, it is important to understand the history behind the rich traditions associated with the event. The long-standing tradition started when Martha Berry decided to celebrate her birthday with Berry students, giving them the day off to hike up Lavender Mountain for a day of yard games and a 32-pound birthday cake. Since then, Mountain Day has developed several traditions including: the Grand March, the Mountain Day Olympics, Marthapalooza, and Kiss the Cow.


Berry College and the Berry Schools’ integral practice of and belief in public works—“not to be ministered unto but to minister”—goes hand in hand with the tradition of nursing.  With the Berry College School of Nursing celebrating its inaugural semester in the spring of 2014, many might begin to wonder exactly why it’s so important, particularly to the history of the school.  In the past there have been two other nursing programs administered by Berry College—the Berry College Dual Degree Program with Emory (1990-present) and the Floyd School of Nursing (1966-1973)—but neither of these were all-inclusive degree programs provided solely at and by Berry. Through studying the photos and documents detailing the school’s tradition of nursing—from its inception on—the importance of this culmination in the Berry College School of Nursing can be better understood.