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Dawg days gone by: UGA exhibit visits Lake Country

July 31, 2019 - 14:00
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    One of the most popular features of the traveling UGA sports exhibit was a helmet worn during a game by Herschel Walker. PHOTO: Justin Hubbard


Many Lake Country residents and visitors were given a rare treat last Wednesday afternoon.

A traveling exhibit of sports artifacts from throughout the history of the University of Georgia were on display at the Greene County Library. The artifacts were brought in from the Hargrett Rare Book & Manuscript Library, located on the UGA main campus.

Exhibit patrons got to look through time at various pieces of memorabilia, with items primarily covering the football program.

There were also items from other sports, including a uniform worn by former Georgia track and field star Keturah Orji, a couple of items used by the school’s storied tennis program and an old baseball jersey.

The exhibit included rare banners, including one of the earliest to feature the Bulldogs mascot, programs and photographs.

Those lesser-known treasures from the past were included alongside pieces that are generally more well-known to Bulldogs fans. Those included a game-worn Herschel Walker helmet, one of Vince Dooley’s playbooks and the football Kevin Butler kicked 60 yards to win the Bulldogs’ 1984 game against Clemson.

The Hargrett Library is one of three special collections libraries that are part of the University of Georgia Libraries. It is housed inside the Richard B. Russell Special Collections Libraries Building, located near the heart of UGA’s Athens campus.

The items brought to Greensboro are regularly featured inside the special collections building. Tours in the building are free and open to the public.

Jason Hasty, UGA athletics history specialist at the Hargrett Library, provided tours during last week’s exhibit and is also among the staff normally in the special collections library.

In addition to helping display the usual items in the special collections library, Hasty will offer an extra chance to view Georgia football memorabilia this fall. Beginning one week before the football team’s season opener, Hasty will provide tours of a special exhibit recognizing the historic 2017 football season.

The exhibit, entitled Beautiful and Brutal: Georgia Football in 2017, will feature items from one of Georgia’s most successful seasons, which featured a win over Notre Dame, an SEC championship and a Rose Bowl victory. Tours of that exhibit will be held in the rotunda of the special collections library every Friday before home games through the end of the 2019 season. They are free and open to the public.

Those wishing to view the traveling exhibit have one last opportunity this month. The exhibit tour will make its way to the Washington Memorial Library in Macon on Aug. 23. Items will be displayed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.