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Samuel Lander exhibit opens in Monsanto Gallery Oct. 19

October 15, 2009

As the Lander University community prepares to welcome the premiere of "S. Lander - His Life and Legacy," a new film chronicling the life of the university's founder, the Rev. Samuel Lander, an exhibit in Lander's Monsanto Gallery will offer early glimpses of the state educator whose actions shaped the lives of many South Carolinians.

The Rev. Samuel Lander exhibit will feature a collection of artifacts from the Lander family and Williamston Female College (the college that eventually became Lander University). Some of the items included will be original Lander diaries and letters from 1850-72, historic photographs, a Williamston Female College graduation pin, a rocking chair handcrafted by the Rev. Lander and his three diplomas from Randolph Macon College. The exhibit will be on display through Dec. 4.

"The concept for the Samuel Lander Exhibit is for a clean and streamlined design featuring a main focal point with two video screens on either side playing interviews, clips and features that didn't make it into the final cut of the film," said Paul Crutcher, film writer, director and co-producer. "This will allow our gallery visitors a chance to learn some of the history of the Lander family, Williamston Female College and the transition to Greenwood without giving away key scenes from the film."

The exhibit will also feature enlargements of pertinent quotes from the life of the Rev. Lander, including, "Those who wish graduation without education are respectfully notified that this is not the school they are seeking," a quote by the Rev. Lander printed in the Williamston Female College catalog.

The film, titled "S. Lander - His Life and Legacy," will premiere at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 24, in Lander's Josephine B. Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. The premiere will be followed by a reception in the Monsanto Gallery. Tickets are $10 for general admission and free for students with ID. Tickets can be purchased at the Lander box office prior to the premiere. The film is written and produced by Crutcher, Lander radio station manager, and Dr. Robert Stevenson, chair of Lander's Department of Mass Communication and Theatre.