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Exploring MU's Gwynn Hall, a family namesake

Friday, August 6, 2010 | 12:12 p.m. CDT
Shirley Gwynn-Crane photographs the entrance to Gwynn Hall, which is part of MU's College of Human Environmental Sciences.

Missourian photographer Andrea Tessler was walking on the MU campus on Thursday and gave directions to a woman who was looking for Gwynn Hall. It turns out the woman, Shirley Gwynn-Crane, was the granddaughter of Eliza Gwynn, whose family donated the money for the construction of Gwynn Hall.

Gwynn-Crane said she herself had never seen the building, which is part of MU's College of Human Environmental Sciences. "My husband and I were driving through and decided since we were in the area we would try to find it."

Pausing before a display of women's fashion at the time of Gwynn Hall's construction, Shirley Gwynn-Crane said she couldn't help but remark on the corsets. "Look at that 18-inch waist! Nobody is that tiny when they are 7 years old!"
Shirley Gwynn-Crane and her husband, Charles Crane, decided to explore Gwynn Hall as they passed through Columbia on Thursday, Aug. 5. They discovered a portrait of Gwynn-Crane's great-aunt Marie Louise Gwynn hanging in the lounge. "Oh my goodness there she is," Gwynn-Crane said as she entered the room.
"My, she was a beautiful woman, wasn't she?" said Shirley Gwynn-Crane about the portrait of her great aunt Marie Louise Gwynn that hangs in the lounge of Gwynn Hall.

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