Contact: Jenni Smith
SMU News & Media Relations
(214) 768-7650


January 10, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Friends of the Southern Methodist University Libraries is hosting a free event titled “An Afternoon Tea with the Hay Family,” featuring Frances Golden Ware, who will retell the stories of her ancestors from her family’s archives of letters, which have been donated to the SMU Archives of Women of the Southwest.

Ware, in period costumed hats and voicing in character, will share selected experiences of her grandmother, the late Mary Hay, who was SMU dean of women in the 1920s. Many of her family were involved in the early development of SMU. Her grandfather, the late Steven J. Hay, was a Dallas mayor from 1907-11. Her uncle, S. J. Hay, was a member of the SMU Board of Trustees. Ware’s mother, Elise Hay Golden, was on the voice faculty at SMU from 1919-57 and her father, J. Roscoe Golden, was instrumental in getting Umphrey Lee to come to SMU as its president.

The presentation will be at 3 p.m., Sunday, January 27, in the Texana Room of the DeGolyer Library, 6404 Hilltop Lane. The event is free, but reservations are requested by calling (214) 768-3325.