A year after his arrival at the State Teachers College at Towson but before founding the theater program on campus, Dr. Dick Gillespie started a new student group. “A debating society is being formed this year,” reported the September 28, 1962 Towerlight. It “will be open to all students regardless of experience as an extracurricular
Maybe you have a relative who remembers going to “The Teachers College”. Maybe you yourself think of us as “TSC” or “TSU”. In over 150 years of history, we have had 5 different names and while it may seem arbitrary, the changes have all come about for good reason. Maryland State Normal School (MSNS): 1866
“Education is simply the soul of a society as it passes from one generation to another.” —G. K. Chesterton The evolution of the State Teachers College at Towson to a liberal arts school in 1963 brought with it some unforeseen developments. Certainly the change in programming was expected, and the uptick and diversity in enrollment
For over 80 years, when the children who attended the campus elementary school visited the library, they worked with the college librarian. They read and were read to, learned how to find items using the catalog, and were allowed to check out books from a curated children’s collection. But in 1949, the Lida Lee Tall School
In the spring of 1992, the campus of Towson State University was rocked by a hate crime. While defending her gay professor’s right to teach, an undergraduate named Hollie Rice was struck by a fellow student and left with a black eye. The assault on Rice was one of two hate crimes reported that year, although
It happens like clockwork — the days get shorter, there’s a chill in the air, and people contact us here in the Special Collections and University Archives department to ask about Auburn House. We can understand why. It’s a lovely old house on the edge of campus. You only get to go there for special events.
The tradition of inaugurating a new president is a fairly new one here at Towson University given our 150 year history. Part of that may be due to the fact that our first leaders were actually considered principals while the school itself was a teachers’ training school – something more akin to a vocational school.
To celebrate the inauguration of Kim Schatzel as Towson University’s 14th leader, we are looking back at the past leaders of the school. These essays are from a book we helped craft, Towson University: The First 150 Years. Dr. Hoke Lafollette Smith was, like Fisher, a Midwesterner from Illinois. Born in Galesburg, Illinois in 1931,
To celebrate the inauguration of Kim Schatzel as Towson University’s 14th leader, we are looking back at the past leaders of the school. These essays are from a book we helped craft, Towson University: The First 150 Years. In 1969 Hawkins retired and handed the leadership over to the first president whose experience in
In the fall of 2015, I had the privilege of working with students from Professor Oluwatoyin Oduntan’s History 300 class. They came to the archives to learn how to use primary sources and include them in their research. At the end of the semester, I was invited to watch them present their work. Maria Zlotescu delved into