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Looking Back

By J. Gordon Daines III (BA ’97), University Archivist

125 years ago: Samuel R. Thurman (1876), a Brigham Young Academy law teacher and former student, unsuccessfully campaigns to be Utah Territory’s Democratic Congressional delegate. He would later become chief justice of the Utah Supreme Court.5094

100 years ago: The university choirs perform at the Provo Tabernacle.

75 years ago: Gaspar Cassadó, a renowned Spanish cellist, visits campus to open the spring 1938 Lyceum Concert Series.5095

50 years ago: A giant university seal is set in the floor of the Wilkinson Student Center.

25 years ago: The George H. Brimhall Gallery opens on the main floor of the Brimhall Building. The gallery features a bust of Brimhall, photographs, and copies of his poetry, music, and speeches.5096

10 years ago: President Gordon B. Hinckley releases Merrill J. Bateman as president of Brigham Young University during a campus devotional and introduces Cecil O. Samuelson as the new president.

5 years ago: The BYU AdLab team wins the global L’Oreal Brandstorm Competition for the second year in a row.

Web: Read more about BYU’s history on the University Archives blog at