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Jim Thorpe exhibit

Come See Olympic History!

Jim Thorpe exhibit
Jim Thorpe exhibit

The Jim Thorpe exhibit is now on display at the Many Nations Longhouse! A cross-campus collaboration between the Many Nations Longhouse, the Museum of Natural and Cultural History, UO Libraries, and the Native Strategies group, the Thorpe exhibit was designed as part of the 2012 Olympic Trials “Olympic History” celebration marking the 100th anniversary of Thorpe’s historic achievements in the 1912 Stockholm Olympics, winning both the pentathlon and the decathlon. Thorpe, widely considered one of the greatest athletes of all time, is still the only athlete ever to achieve this feat.

A Native American of Sac and Fox heritage, the Oklahoma-born Thorpe excelled in not only track and field, but also football and baseball at the Carlisle Indian Industrial School in Pennsylvania. After the Olympics, he went on to play both professional baseball and football. In 1920, he helped organize the American Professional Football Association, which would become the National Football League, and served as its first president. Later, he traveled as a lecturer and advocate for Native rights.

Come by the Many Nations Longhouse, now through December 15, to learn more about this fascinating athlete, his lifelong contributions to sports and his work to promote Native rights.

This event is free and open to the public. Accommodations for people with disabilities will be provided if requested in advance by calling 541-346-3056, or email

University of Oregon Libraries
1501 Kincaid Street Eugene, OR
T: (541) 346-3053
F: (541) 346-3485
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