Current Exhibition

Wes Meets East

Wes Meets East: From Missionaries to the Freeman Asian Scholars Program

The Freeman Asian Scholars Program is only one example of Wesleyan’s ongoing relationship with eastern Asia, and “Wes Meets East: From Missionaries to the Freeman Asian Scholars Program” places the Program in an historical context. Although the focus today is secular, the Program, celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2015, has its roots in Wesleyan’s missionary interest in China dating back to 1835. The first Asian students came to Wesleyan in the 1880s. By the 1930s, dozens of alumni had spent time in the Far East. During World War II, President James L. McConaughy headed up a major relief effort in China. More recently, in 1987, Mansfield Freeman ’16 established the Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies. In 1995 Houghton “Buck” Freeman ’43, Doreen Freeman, Hon. ’03, and Graeme Freeman ’77 founded the Freeman Asian Scholars Program in honor of Mansfield Freeman.

Previous Exhibitions

WESU: Celebrating 75 Years of Community Radio

Retracing President Kennedy's Final Journey: Selections from William Manchester's Research Files

John Cage Writes

Saved From Europe: The Kallir Family Collection of Austrian and German Literature

Online Exhibitions

President's Row

Henry Merritt Wriston

Cross Street A.M.E. Zion Church: Struggle, Jubilee, Vision

Old Books, New Pedagogy: Special Collections and Archives in the Curriculum

Born in Obscurity, Reared in Strife: A Short History of the Trials, Travels, and Travails of the Douglas Cannon

We are also adding Wesleyan archival documents to The American Context of China's Christian Colleges digital project.