Texas A&M University-Kingsville

Conner Museum celebrates Javelina Pride with exhibit featuring eight decades of tradition

John E. Conner Museum - 12/22/11 - 12/22/11

Contact: Julie Navejar
julie.navejar@tamuk.edu or 361-593-2590

Texas A&M University-Kingsville was founded in 1925 and soon after started competing in intercollegiate athletics. The John E. Conner Museum, located on campus, will celebrate the passing of those years and the exciting times that marked them in their latest exhibit Javelina Pride: Eight Decades of Athletic Tradition. The exhibit opens Wednesday, Nov. 2, and continues through Thursday, Dec. 22. It features photographs and objects illustrating intercollegiate sports at the university.

“Texas A&M-Kingsville has a long history of athletic achievement,” said Jonathan Plant, museum curator. “We hope this exhibit will be enjoyable and educational for alumni and current students alike.” Research curator for this exhibit is Matt Tallant.

Artifacts featured include football and basketball jerseys, track medals and the trailer used to transport long-time Javelina mascot Porky II to the stadium during his 22-year tenure. There also will be cheerleading memorabilia and a photo gallery of Hall of Fame members from various sports.

Among the themes discussed in the exhibit include the successful integration of Javelina athletics, the first in the Lone Star Conference to do so; the creation of women’s athletics; and the football team’s undefeated winning streak from 1973 through 1979. A video of highlights from past Javelina football games will be shown over the course of the exhibit, and visitors can pose for photos by placing their face in a life-size photo of a football player in a Javelina uniform.

The museum is located on campus at 905 W. Santa Gertrudis Ave. Admission is free, but donations are accepted. It is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and closed Sunday and all university holidays. For more information, call 361-593-2810.

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