LCC Plans 100th Anniversary Exhibit Opening Events

March 6, 2024


Labette Community College (LCC) is commemorating its 100th anniversary with an exhibit that shares the history of the college through vintage photographs, sports memorabilia, and PJC and LCC publications from the past century. A public reception on Tuesday, March 19 will mark the exhibit’s opening. The reception will run from 3:00 – 4:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Main Building. A highlight of the opening will be the unveiling of a new substantial piece of artwork that will join the college’s permanent art collection to mark the college’s centennial celebration.  

Following the opening, the college will host a Chamber After Hours from 4:30 to 6:00 pm in Hendershot Gallery. Guests are invited to attend the opening, the after-hours event, or both. 

“The exhibit is a celebration of Labette Community College," said Mike Brotherton, exhibit curator. “It will focus on the college’s early history, revisit key events throughout the years, and showcase the people who have helped make LCC an important part of the community.” 

The exhibit will include many unique features and tell the stories of various successful LCC graduates and college leaders.  

“Several individuals have loaned LCC artifacts and memorabilia from their personal collections,” Brotherton said. “Other display items were drawn from the college library’s archives and the Parsons Historical Society Museum. We hope guests will enjoy the collection of yearbooks, newspaper articles, photographs, student directories, and other college heirlooms while learning more about LCC’s formation and history.” 

The exhibit in LCC’s Hendershot Gallery will run through April 4. The gallery is open 8:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday-Thursday and there is no charge to attend.  

“Mike has done an outstanding job selecting pieces for this exhibit,” said Heidi Schaaf, Gallery Director. “Whether you are a proud Cardinal alumnus or someone who is unfamiliar with LCC, I am confident that you will leave the exhibit with a deep appreciation for the vital role that the college and its graduates have played in the history and culture of our community.”  


Myles Pember Sweater
One of the items that will be on display is the 1925 letter sweater that belonged to Myles F. Pember. Pember was a member of the first freshman class at Parsons Junior College (now known as Labette Community College) in 1923 and a member of the first graduating class in 1925. He is credited with naming the athletic teams the “Cardinals,” which has remained the college mascot for 100 years. Pember was a member of the football and basketball teams along with being the sports reporter for the 1924 and 1925 yearbooks. After college, he worked as a newspaper reporter and editor, then spent 20 years as an advertising executive. He spent the last 10 years of his professional life teaching English and dramatic arts at Labette Community College. In 1978, LCC recognized Pember with the Cardinal Citation award.

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