It is easy to savor history just by wandering the old, beautiful halls of Teachers College, where you might see a bust of John Dewey (Zankel Hall), Grubby Faience tiles (Grace Dodge Hall), stencils by Tiffany and stained glass by Clayton and Bell of London (Milbank Chapel), among many other works of art.
Our campus invites you at every step to connect named buildings to the greatest leaders in education, psychology, and the applied health sciences, as well as to exceptional philanthropists -- Grace Hoadley Dodge and Dodge family, James Earl and William F. Russell, Robert L. and Edward L. Thorndike, V. Everit Macy, Joseph Milbank, Arthur Zankel, Ruth Gottesman, Camilla and George Smith, to name a few. So, the founding of Teachers College is one to be recognized with greatest continuing appreciation.
Did you know that the opening of the new brick and red sandstone building on 120th Street, otherwise known as Teachers College, occurred on November 15, 1894, Founders Day, which has been celebrated here throughout the decades? The original dedication ceremony was a relatively simple one, including speakers from Columbia University, Harvard University, and John Hopkins, while President Walter Hervey of Teachers College presided. Throughout the afternoon and evening, members of the Trustees, faculty, and students conducted hundreds of visitors on tours throughout the building, and the long day closed with dinner for the Trustees and speeches at the home of Grace Hoadley Dodge, treasurer of the College.
The following articles are drawn from Proquest Historical Newspapers, which informs and inspires classroom teaching and learning.
- Where Teachers Are Taught: Remarkably Rapid Growth Of the Teachers' College. Starting Only Ten Years Ago, It Has Now Become a Part Of Columbia University, With Handsome New Buildings Of Its Own -- Great Success Of Its System Proved By the Constant Demand For Its Graduates -- Its Future Bright. (1894, Jul 08). New York Times (1857-1922)
- Columbia To Celebrate: University Has Reached Her Sesquicentennial Advertisement. (1904, Oct 23). New - York Tribune (1900-1910)
- Fortune To Charity From Grace Dodge: Will Shows Gifts OF $700,000 To Y.W.C.A. and $500,000 To Teachers College (1915, Jan 05). New York Times (1857-1922) Retrieved from
- Laud Miss Dodge As Girls' Friend: Impressive Memorial Service Participated In By Fourteen Associations. Seth Low the Chairman Ex-President Of Columbia Tells How Woman Philanthropist Developed the Idea Of Teachers College. (1915, Feb 10). New York Times (1857-1922)
- Avirett, W. G. (1944, Nov 12). Teachers College To Celebrate Its 50th Birthday Wednesday: Inaugural Ceremony To Be Reproduced in Horace Mann Auditorium; School Grew From Move To Teach Home-Making To Working Girls. New York Herald Tribune (1926-1962)
- Teachers College Marks 50th Year: Conant Urges Truce Between Colleges, Secondary Schools To Aid U.S. Leadership. (1944, Nov 16). New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Russell, W.F. (1942, Apr 05). Future Schools Viewed As Link In Social Service: Teachers College Dean Urges Educators To Prepare For Great Changes. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Teachers College Marking 50th Year Three University Presidents To Speak At Founders Day Ceremony Tomorrow (1944, Nov 14). New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Nordlinger, S. E. (1959, Aug 30). Where Teachers Are Taught. The Sun (1837-1994)
- Kelly, Mary. (1962, Dec 14). Teachers Get Taught: Past Reviewed. The Christian Science Monitor (1908-Current File)
- Berger, J. (1989, Jan 18). Teachers College Is Pondering New Challenges. New York Times (1923-Current File)
- Read select articles published by Teachers College on more recent founder's days.
- A Tribute to TC's Founding Families, published Thursday, March 7, 2013 by Teachers College. Columbia University
- Be sure to check Pocketknowledge, the digital archive of Teachers College for important historical institutional resources, including images, multimedia, and more.
- A History of Teachers College, Columbia University, by Lawrence A Cremin, David A. Shannon and Mary Evelyn Townsend (New York: Columbia University Press, 1954).
- Morningside Heights: A History of Its Architecture and Development, by Andrew Dolkart (New York: Columbia University Press, 1998).
- Russell Hall. 12 Views of Russell Hall Taken From the Grove, By Emelie Danielson, New York. View Number 12 of 12. (1929); Courtesy of the Gottesman Libraries, Teachers College, Columbia University
- Special News Slide, Courtesy of EdLab Studios
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