HAYS, KS -- Students, faculty, staff and friends of Fort Hays State University are invited to a special ceremony Saturday morning to celebrate the importance of Forsyth Library to the university.
The Forsyth Library commemoration, designated as an official Centennial event, will begin at 9 a.m. at the library with remarks by FHSU President Edward H. Hammond.
The program will also include comments on the 75th anniversary of Forsyth Library as a Federal Depository by U.S. Rep. Jerry Moran, R-First, Francis Buckley, Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, and John Ross, director of Forsyth Library.
On Nov. 16, 1926, the Office of the Superintendent of Documents designated Forsyth Library as a federal depository.
The original designation letter said, "The United States Government would work with the depository library so that government publications when forwarded should be available for the free use of the general public; and that they remain the property of the United States."
The commemoration will also include a dedication of the Presidential Collection, a new creation which will provide a unique insight into the leadership and vision that define FHSU by collecting the 10 favorite books of the personal collections of the presidents of FHSU. Each book is available for open circulation among library patrons and contains a bookplate that illustrates its special status within the collection of Forsyth Library. Dedicating the Presidential Collection will be Ross, President Hammond and Dr. Jerry Tomanek, FHSU president emeritus.
The final event in the Forsyth Library commemoration will be the dedication of the Roemer Lobby. The library will dedicate the front lobby as the Roemer Lobby in honor of Rich and Florence Roemer, Grainfield, and their support and long-time association with FHSU.