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This Week in Princeton History for October 10-16

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the Princetonian says they can’t drink the water, the first “Gay Jeans Day” causes controversy, and more.

October 10, 1878—The Princetonian warns the administration in an editorial that the shortage of potable water on campus will likely drive students to drink things that are “stronger than water.”

October 11, 1989—Princeton’s first “Gay Jeans Day,” which encourages students to wear jeans to show support for gay rights, provokes controversy on campus.

Flyer advertising Gay Jeans Day, 1989. Lesbian Gay Bisexual Alliance Records (AC037), Box 1, Folder 5.

October 13, 1963—In a dramatic public appearance, Princeton University’s president, Robert Goheen, calls for the entire community to work toward equal opportunity for African Americans on and off campus.

First page of a speech by Robert F. Goheen, October 13, 1963. Office of the President Records (AC193), Box 315.

October 15, 1783—College of New Jersey (Princeton) President John Witherspoon offers rooms with fireplaces, beds, bedding, breakfast, and tea to any three members of the United States Congress who wish to stay during their meeting in Princeton, as well as feed and shelter for “any number” of horses.

For last week’s installment in this series, click here.

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