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Nov 08 2019 - 08:03pm
Today in History: TC Founder's Day


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.









  • Teachers College Marking 50th Year Three University Presidents To Speak At Founders Day Ceremony Tomorrow (1944, Nov 14). New York Times (1923-Current File)





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