Peabody Reflector

Reviving a Tradition

Around the Mall, Winter 2010 | No Comment | |

Peabody College has a long history of hosting gatherings to bring faculty, staff, students and families together. One of the more popular events was “Watermelon Cutting Day,” which was celebrated during the 1940s until the late 1970s. Watermelon cutting was a special event to mark significant days and occasions at the college. On August 23, the tradition was revived by staff from the Peabody Library as new students and their families moved into The Commons.

Noteworthy past occasions included July 4th, the recognition of campus visitors to various on-site conferences and state club events. Black-and-white photos from past Watermelon Cutting Days were displayed at Peabody Library this fall.

photo credits: Jon Erickson, Vanderbilt University Special Collections and University Archives

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