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Name Agricultural Exposition Center (WKU)
Details L.D. Brown Agricultural Exposition Center
Built - 1977-1979
Dedicated - October 29, 1988
Cost of Construction - $2,722,800
Gross Square Feet - 68,000
Architects - Ryan, Cook & Zuern, Louisville, KY
Namesake: Leonard D. Brown came to work in the WKU Agriculture Department in 1966. He served as department head for thirteen of his sixteen year tenure. Brown received his BS from WKU in 1954.

History - Construction on the Agricultural Expo Center began in May 1977. The center was completed in late 1979 with the university taking possession Jan. 3, 1980. The building includes a show arena with seating capacity of 2000, a demonstration arena which accomodates 300, an animal holding area that has washing areas, locker room, two conference rooms and office space. The first event, the National Hampshire Meat Hog Conference, was held in the facility on Jan. 7, 1980. The building was officially dedicated and named for Leonard Brown on Oct. 29, 1988.

College Heights Herald Articles

General

1980 - Nov. 25, p. 1
1981 - Oct. 8, p. 9
1986 - Feb. 18, p. 5
1987 - Mar. 3, p. 12

Construction

1976 - Sep. 3, p. 12
1978 - Oct. 26, p. 13
1979 - Feb. 1, p. 10; May 1, p. 3; Sep. 11, p. 12

Jones, Terry. Construction Projects Near Completion, Aug. 23, 1977, p. 15

Named

1988 - Sep. 20, p. 2; Nov. 1, p. 11

Images

1981 - Nov. 24, p. 7
1984 - Mar. 20, p. 1
1985 - Feb. 19, p. 1; Mar. 5, p. 8; Sep. 10, p. 9; Sep. 24, p. 1; Oct. 1, p. 1
1986 - Feb. 11, p.3' Mar. 4, p. 1; Apr. 8, p. 8; Sep. 9, p. 14
1987 - Jan. 27, p. 12; Sep. 22, p. 10
1988 - Feb. 23, p. 6
1989 - Feb. 21, p. 8; Apr. 11, p. 11
1990 - Feb. 20, p. 6; Mar. 27, p. 10A; Apr. 3, p. 2; Sep. 25, p. 8; Oct. 30, p. 6
1991 - Feb. 21, p. 7
1992 - Feb. 25, p. 7

Park City Daily News

Ag Center Summer's Opening? March 16, 1979
Children Test Dairy Products, Aug. 13, 1982
Craig, Courtney. WKU Ag Expo Center Hosts Sold-Out Crowd, Feb. 15, 2004, P.1A
District Dairy Show, May 5, 1981
Farmers Get Tractors, Talk At Deere Day, Jan. 20, 1998
Harvey, Alyssa. Ride 'Em Cowpoke, Feb. 9, 1996
Hay Catches Fire At WKU Ag Center, Aug. 27, 1998
Higgins, Betty. WKU May Build Exposition Center At University Farm, Feb. 8, 1976
Koenig, Bill. Horsemen Compete For Profit, Oct. 4, 1981
Minor, Robyn. Ag Center Not As Cool As It Could Be, May 29, 1997
Minor, Robyn.WKU's Answer May Be a Sign of the Times, May 20, 1997, Pp. 1-2
On The Agenda: Bowling Green Horse Show Association Show, May 17, 1984
Reigler, Hunter. Cow Camp: Young People Learn the Finer Points of Clipping And Grooming Beef Cattle, June 24, 1984
Ross, Thomas. Parking To Improve At WKU Center, April 23, 1986
Sisco, Scott. Roping & Riding; Lone Star Rodeo Outlaw Tour Coming To WKU Ag Center, Feb. 7, 2008
Stringer, Donna-Lin. Down on the Farm, Aug. 20, 1989
Vaughn, Wayne. Milky Way; Even Automation Requires Helping Hands at Dairy Farm, March 11, 1990
Western Air Conditioning Project Gets Boost, Aug. 8, 1997

Documents & Primary Sources

UA1C2/3 Agricultural Exposition Center Photos - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/26/

UA1C3/3 Students / Alumni Photos - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/68/

UA1C6 Events Photos - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/30/

UA1C7 Department Photos - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/31/

UA1C11/1 Public Relations Photo Collection - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/38/

UA2/2 Board of Regents Meeting Minutes - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/bor/

1975 - Sept. 20
1976 - July 10, Sept. 25
1977 - Apr. 30, July 30
1978 - Feb. 4
1979 - Jan. 27, Mar. 1, Sept. 15
1988 - Sept. 16

UA30/1/1 Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - Inventory - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_fin_aid/81/

UA68/8/2 Owen Lawson Oral History - Transcript - http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/900/

UA77/1 Western Alumnus Winter 1989
Archives Entries 10
Library Entries 0
Object Entries 0
Photograph Entries 31

Associated Records

Image of UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 1. Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 1. Blueprints, Drawings & Plans - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

Blueprints, drawings and plans of WKU buildings and campus created by the Department of Planning, Design & Construction.

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Series 2. Building File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 2. Building File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

Records created during the construction and renovation of buildings at WKU.

Image of UA66. Ogden College of Science & Engineering 5. Department of Agriculture - Agriculture (WKU)

UA66. Ogden College of Science & Engineering 5. Department of Agriculture - Agriculture (WKU)

Records created by the Department of Agriculture. Series 1. Student Organizations Series 2. Publications Series 3. Agricultural Exposition Center & Farm Series 4. Administration Series 5. Events

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Series 3. Capital Construction Disbursements & Receipts File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

UA30.1 Planning, Design & Construction Series 3. Capital Construction Disbursements & Receipts File - Planning, Design & Construction (WKU)

This series documents the disbursement of funds for capital construction projects at WKU. As defined by KRS 7A.010 (1), capital project means (a) any undertaking which is to be financed or funded through an appropriation by the General Assembly of general fund, road fund, bond fund, trust and agency fund, or federal funds; (b) any undertaking which is to be financed by a capital expenditure for use by state government or one of its departments or agencies; (c) any capital construction item, or combination of items necessary to make a building or utility installation complete, estimated to cost $600,000 or more, or any item of movable equipment estimated to cost $200,000 or more, regardless o

Image of UA66. Ogden College of Science & Engineering 5. Department of Agriculture 3. Centers & Farm - Agriculture (WKU)

UA66. Ogden College of Science & Engineering 5. Department of Agriculture 3. Centers & Farm - Agriculture (WKU)

Records by and about the centers and farm associated with the Department of Agriculture including the Agricultural Exposition Center, Floral Design Training Center & Floral Shop, and WKU Farm, also known as the Agriculture Research & Education Complex.

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UA1C WKU Archives Photograph Collection Series 2. Buildings - WKU Archives

Photographs, negatives, postcards, drawings, slides and digital images of Western Kentucky University buildings. Includes buildings of founding institutions. Subseries 1. Academic Athletic Performance Center / Diddle Arena Subseries 2. Academic Complex Subseries 3. Agricultural Exposition Center Subseries 4. Proposed Buildings Subseries 5. Barnes-Campbell Subseries 6. Barracks Subseries 7. Bates-Runner Subseries 8. Bemis Lawrence Subseries 9. Cabell Hall Subseries 10. Cedar House aka Faculty House Subseries 11. West Hall Subseries 12. Unidentified Subseries 13. Cherry Hall, 1937+ Subseries 14. Glasgow Normal School Subseries

Image of UA94 Student / Alumni Personal Papers Series 6. Western Kentucky University Subseries 2. Personal Papers 11. Herbert Cary Papers - Cary, Herbert

UA94 Student / Alumni Personal Papers Series 6. Western Kentucky University Subseries 2. Personal Papers 11. Herbert Cary Papers - Cary, Herbert

Records created by Herbert Cary regarding the history of the Agriculture Department. These research materials resulted in the publication of Cary's book, Road to Excellence: Agriculture at Western Kentucky University, 1998.

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

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College Heights Herald - Student Affairs (WKU)

College Heights Herald, Vol. 52 No. 4 available online at: <a href="http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5315">http://digitalcommons.wku.edu/dlsc_ua_records/5315</a> WKU campus newspaper reporting campus, athletic and Bowling Green, Kentucky news. This issue contains articles: Budde, Neil. Lawyer, Publisher Appointed to Board of Regents - Tom Emberton, Carroll Knicely Mami, Alfina & Terry Cash. 39 Faculty Are Elected to Senate L.T. Smith Dies at 79 Minton, Don. Associated Student Government Tables Proposal to Increase Representation Huffman, Clyde. L.T. Smith: Pioneer of Athletics, Industrial Arts Regent Appointments Make Board Better Qualified Kimbrough, Jamie. Book St

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Agricultural Exposition Center - Unknown

Agricultural Exposition Center, interior

Image of Agricultural Exposition Center - Unknown

Agricultural Exposition Center - Unknown

Agricultural Exposition Center, interior

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Agricultural Exposition Center - Unknown

Agricultural Exposition Center under construction

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Agricultural Exposition Center - Ryan, Cooke & Zuern Associates, Inc.

Architectural rendering of the Agricultural Exposition Center

Image of Agricultural Exposition Center - Skipper, Bob

Agricultural Exposition Center - Skipper, Bob

Thomas Meredith at dedication of the Agricultural Exposition Center.

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Agricultural Exposition Center - Unknown

Agricultural Exposition Center

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Livestock Judging - Unknown

Color print of unidentified livestock juding event in the Agricultural Exposition Center. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the event, please send us feedback - above.

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NACTA Livestock Judging - Unknown

NACTA livestock juding event in the Agricultural Exposition Center. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the people in it, please send us feedback - above.

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Quadrathon - Roe, Bobby

Terrell Milby and Randy Shanks judging hogs at the Quadathalon.

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Rodeo - Unknown

Unidentified cowboys in rodeo. If you recognize this photo and can help identify the people in it, please send feedback - above.