Dear BCM: Ready to start

A look at Cullen Auditorium, then versus now. This week we take a look back at how the College has changed as we celebrate 70 years of victories in Houston.

Archive photo courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine Archives. Photo by Andy Phifer.

Archive photo courtesy of Baylor College of Medicine Archives. Photo by Andy Phifer.

While the configuration of Baylor College of Medicine’s Cullen Auditorium has changed in some ways (portraits have moved, chairs have been updated and the lectern is bolted down today), it still serves as a meeting place for students, faculty and staff.

In the physical photo from Oct. 1, 1951, students met in Cullen Auditorium for the opening session of the academic year. According to BCM Chancellor Emeritus Dr. William T. Butler’s multi-volume history of the College, approximately 354 students heard addresses by Baylor University President William R. White and Hugh Roy Cullen that day in the auditorium.

Dear BCM is modeled after the website and book Dear Photograph, a website named one of Time magazine’s 50 websites that make the Web great. BCM staff attempt to match old snapshots, taken during a time when people still used film to capture images, with their present-day setting to blend the image where you can see both the past and present.

-By Andy Phifer and Audrey M. Marks

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