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This Week in Princeton History for May 18-24

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, women’s lacrosse wins it all, a popular professor packs Alexander Hall, and more.

May 20, 1963—The Woodrow Wilson School building, renamed Corwin Hall, is moved 100 yards to make way for the new home of the Woodrow Wilson School, Robertson Hall, named in honor of donors Charles Robertson ’26 and his wife, Marie Robertson. A neighbor sells viewing space to benefit charity. Video may be viewed here.

May 22, 1994—The women’s lacrosse team wins the first-ever women’s varsity NCAA national championship in any sport for Princeton.

Princeton’s women’s lacrosse team members celebrate. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box AD36, Folder 2.

May 23, 1952—At 8:30 AM, more than 700 students and faculty pack Alexander Hall to hear the last lecture of popular history professor Walter P. “Buzzer” Hall, who is retiring after 39 years of teaching. “Gentlemen,” Hall begins, “in this last lecture here at Princeton I hope I can keep to my resolve absolutely to give no facts whatsoever.”

Walter “Buzzer” Hall teaching a precept ca. 1940s. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box MP11, Image No. 5686.

May 24, 1764—Joseph Periam, College of New Jersey (Princeton) Class of 1762, announces that he is opening “an English School at Princeton, as an appendage to the College” where his young students will learn English grammar, reading, elocution, penmanship, and mathematics. Periam is said to be “well qualified for teaching all the particulars aforementioned, and will carefully attend to the morals as well as instruction of the youth.” College president Samuel Finley will supervise the school.

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