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THON History Museum Hidden In Plain Sight On BJC Concourse

With 44 years of THON in the books (not counting this weekend), there’s plenty of history to learn about the evolution of the dance marathon and the growth of the organization.

But slotted right next to a water fountain with a bottle dispenser near Gate D, the THON History Museum underwhelms because of the enormous line that surrounds the exhibit. Not to mention, the fact-packed graphic boards filled with THON trivia are just sitting on the ground.

The tops of the foam boards also guard any view of the tables from further than a foot or two away from the museum. There are paper clippings littered with more history about THON spread across all the tables, but the line of people makes it difficult for someone passing by to appreciate the exhibit.

The display overall is pretty dull. The white draping sign behind the tables looks like someone just wrote on a big paper towel with a Magic Marker. The only truly nice touch are the graphic boards that are blocked by the wall of legs that is the line of thirsty THON attendees.

This graphic board listed all of the annual themes that THON has used over the years.

It’s sad to see something set up that has the potential to be something that people engage with, especially considering how nice the graphic boards are and the quality of the information on display at the exhibit. Many people probably worked hard on the museum, but when you just can’t see it, you just can’t appreciate it.

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