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eagle talesHere’s the thing about pulling old photos from the AU archives: most of the images don’t come with captions identifying the who, what, where, and when. But sometimes you get lucky.

Case in point, this issue’s Eagle Tales image. We knew it had to be old (check out the car in the background) and we were hoping archivist Susan McElrath could narrow down the time period for us. So, I was absolutely tickled when Susan emailed me not only the exact date, but all five names, to boot (they are, from left: Ella Harllee, Margaret Snavely, Margaret Warthen, Florence Yeager, and Ruth Hudson).

The photo of the plaid-clad, pickax-packing coeds building a new stone walk on campus was taken during AU’s Arbor Day celebration, April 14, 1937. Green thumbs gathered every year for AU’s Arbor Day festivities from 1933 to 1945; students got the day off from classes to help build bridges, fireplaces, and walks.

cbd_1The Arbor Day celebration was the precursor to Campus Beautification Day, which has become an April tradition at AU. Tomorrow, hundreds of students, staff, faculty, and friends of AU will fan out to 17 sites across campus to plant, prune, and beautify during the 21st annual festivities. Learn about how you can get involved here.