March 22, 2018

College of Idaho Recreates Historic Book Brigade, Transports Books To New Library

From the The Idaho Press-Tribune:

In Feb. 1, 1967, College of Idaho students, faculty and staff lined up outside the Terteling Library and grabbed boxes filled with books off a flatbed truck and transported them into the library down a line of volunteers. After the books were unloaded, the empty boxes were transported down another line that stretched from the Terteling Library to the old Strahorn Library.

“The next day the (Terteling Library) opened for business,” said Jan Boles, archivist for the college. “It was spectacular.”




Fifty-one years later, C of I alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members gathered to recreate the book brigade. On Thursday, they moved 1,000 books from the Terteling Library to the new Cruzen-Murray Library, completing the new library’s collection.

“This book brigade is different, it is symbolic,” said Sally Skinner, C of I director of alumni and parent relations. “Most of the books have been moved, but it is a way to recreate that moment in history.”

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