Wright Family Creates ACES Legacy Display Case

Wright Family Creates ACES Legacy Display Case

Aug 18
Kimberly Meenen, Senior Director of Advancement
  

Earlier this summer, 40 descendants of the Corbly and Mary Melcena Wright family attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony and reception to dedicate a new legacy display case in the College of ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center. This proud Illini family has deep roots with 32 family members who have either graduated, attended, or are attending the University of Illinois. That’s nearly 100 consecutive years of students!

The legacy display case, generously funded by 13 branches of the Wright family tree, will feature rotating historical exhibits and keepsakes from ACES alumni and families for years to come. The case currently contains a magnificent collection of Wright family history and Illini memorabilia. Please stop by the atrium and see it for yourself.

In 2013, the descendants of the Corbly and Mary Melcena Wright family were the recipients of the prestigious College of ACES Family Spirit Award. We are grateful for their continued generosity.

The Wright grandchildren pulling the drape off of the new legacy family display case during the ceremony.