Community Invited to Tour JMU's Memorial Hall


HARRISONBURG - The former Harrisonburg High School building will be open for public exploration on Thursday, April 17 from 4 to 7 p.m. Memorial Hall is now home to James Madison University's College of Education, Department of Geology and Environmental Science, Outreach Programs, Department of Military Science, ROTC and other programs. During the open house, the following will be showcased: 

JMU Outreach Programs 

Outreach Programs extends the resources of JMU beyond campus and into the community. "We want our neighbors to be aware of the many educational opportunities available to them," said Carol Fleming, director of Outreach Programs. Displays will include: 

  • Children's programs such as College for Kids 
  • Continuing education for teachers 
  • Online courses and certificates 
  • Professional and personal development courses 
  • Video conferencing capabilities 
  • Workforce training

Learn more at

JMU Mineral Museum 

The Department of Geology and Environmental Science will open its collection of over 550 crystals and gemstones from around the world. The minerals are arranged in three displays: Systematic Collection by chemistry and structure, Locality Collections from areas of Virginia and Tennessee, Fluorescent Collection of minerals that glow under ultraviolet light. Learn more at

Science on a Sphere 

James Madison is the first university to acquire Science on a Sphere, an 8 foot, sphere-shaped, 3-D data visualization tool that was developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Prior to its arrival in Harrisonburg, SOS had primarily been used in museums. SOS uses four projectors to show processed satellite data so the observer has the illusion of seeing Earth from an astronaut's perspective in space. SOS can show "movies" on environmental processes of Earth, such as a depiction of global warming and changes in geography in the past. The sphere is in the old auxiliary gym. Learn more at

Guests are encouraged to use Entrance B. Maps and light refreshments will be available at this entrance, in the Forum. Parking is open to the public during the event. 

For more information, please contact Jamie Marsh in JMU's Office of Public Affairs at 540-568-4908 or by e-mail

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Published: Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Last Updated: Monday, June 15, 2020

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