The Mary Couts Burnett Library opened the Baird Family exhibit, a tribute to the family, Friday, Nov. 6. The exhibit, which is open through the end of the year, includes photos, bakery advertisements, marketing initiatives, baking advancements introduced by the Bairds and more. Admission to the exhibit is free and open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Originally from Tennessee, the Baird family moved to Fort Worth in 1901 and sold popcorn from little red carts. William Baird, a restaurateur by trade, soon gave his popcorn cart business to his oldest son and returned to his restaurant roots.
Ninnie L. Baird began baking bread, cakes and pies for her family and their neighbors. Her reputation as a fabulous baker quickly spread, and in 1908, with her husband’s health failing, the bakery was launched from the family home to help support her family.
Mrs Baird’s Bakeries on I-35W was the place for olfactory delights and Santa Claus sightings for decades. Mrs Baird’s is a division of Bimbo Bakeries USA, a leader in the industry. When Ninnie Baird died in 1961 at the age of 92, the Texas State Senate passed a resolution to her memory and declared Ninnie Baird “a living example for mothers, wives, business executives, Christians and good people the world over.”
For months, noise associated with construction and renovation of the Library finally became the place students have been anticipating.
Dr. Nowell Donovan, Provost, said the Mary Couts Burnett Library is a facility that is truly at TCU’s academic heart and soul and is the crown jewel of the Intellectual Commons, the new academic crossroads of the campus.
The newly renovated library is a facility expanded, reconfigured and enhanced with cutting-edge technology. It’s a place of community, connection and collaboration. And most important, a library designed to best serve TCU’s people and elevate its programs.
“A college library is at the center of student life – it is a place to study, to socialize, to learn, to research, and even to agonize through all-nighters with fellow classmates,” said Maddie Reddick, SGA President. “Over the past couple of years, I have watched our library fill with students, to the point where there was simply not enough space to accommodate everyone. Now, we have this beautiful space full of exciting resources where all our needs our met to ensure our success in the classroom. And this is not just a place for us, but for many future Horned Frogs to come.”
Our Library scavenger hunt is for TCU students only.
Join in the fun at the TCU Mary Couts Burnett Library and participate in the Social Media Scavenger Hunt October 26 – 30 for a chance to win prizes and be entered to win the ultimate prize of 2016 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo tickets!
Winners will be drawn randomly from the qualifying entries on Monday, November 2, 2015. Winners will be notified and asked to visit the Library to pick up their tickets.
To qualify, you must complete the following steps:
1 Follow us on Instagram, @tculibrary or Twitter @TCULibrary, depending on the service you use to complete step 2.
2 Follow the daily clues to different library locations. When you find the clue, post or tweet your image at the location using hashtag “#tculiblove” and the appropriate clue hashtag (for example, “#clue1”).
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