Archive for December 12th, 2011

Aalfs Auditorium, c. 1972

Since 1925, Aalfs Auditorium, formerly known as Slagle Auditorium, has been a performance space and gathering place for students, staff, and community members.  The auditorium has hosted a myriad of different events including musical performances, mock political conventions, commencement ceremonies, and lectures from visiting scholars.  In addition, prior to the construction of  the Colton Recital Hall in the 1970’s, Aalfs  Auditorium was home to the productions of the USD Theater Department.  In 2008, USD began an 8.2 million dollar renovation of the facility.  The auditorium reopened October 7, 2011 with improved acoustics, updated performance lighting, additional seating and restroom facilities and its new name.  In addition, the auditorium also underwent aesthetic changes to preserve historical aspects of the venue.  The Skinner 29-stop organ, a fixture of the auditorium since 1925, was also restored during the renovation.  See below for photographs from the history of Aalfs Auditorium.

Mask and Wig Club, c. 1929

"No More Peace!" USD Theatre production, c. 1939

Miss University contestants backstage, c. 1951

View from the orchestra pit, c. 1958

Unidentified individual with 29-stop organ, c. 1957

Miss University candidates, c. 1958

Opera cast with Robert C. Marek, c. 1962

Light technicians, c. 1968

–Information from Cummins, Cedric. The University of South Dakota, 1862-1966. Vermillion, S.D.: Dakota Press, 1975, Photographs: The USD Photograph Collection

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Unidentified students in the home of Bess Hanson

USD Photograph Collection, Series 4 no. 951

This photograph shows students inside the home of Bessie E. Hanson in 1899. “Bess” was a student at the University and studied philosophy. She graduated in 1901.

Bessie Eleanor Hanson, Ph.B., was born in Vermillion, S.D., September 24th, 1877. She attended the Vermillion Public School from which she graduated. She was a member of the Y.W.C.A. and T.B.D. societies. She graduated in 1901 from the University with a degree of Ph.B. After completing her studies at the University Of South Dakota, she began teaching in the Eagan Public School, where she is as present. — 1903 Coyote

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