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This Week in Princeton History for June 18-24

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, seniors warn underclassmen not to encroach on their singing territory, the School of Science is dedicated, and more.

June 18, 1930—Charles H. Rogers, Curator of the Princeton Museum of Zoology, catches a ride with the crew of a banana ship from New Orleans to Veracruz as the only passenger. He will collect bird and insect specimens on his summer trip through Mexico.

Charles H. Rogers, undated. Historical Photograph Collection, Faculty Photographs Series (AC067), Box FAC81.

June 19, 1864—Captain Henry Harrison Woolsey of the College of New Jersey (Princeton) Class of 1856 dies from wounds sustained in the Siege of Petersburg.

June 21, 1886—The Princetonian prints a warning from a senior to underclassmen not to sing anywhere they please: “The Seniors claim now, as Seniors have done for years, the exclusive right of the front campus for class singing, and it is only by a strict recognition of the fairness of this claim, that this grand old custom can be preserved intact.”

The Class of 1889 would have to wait a few years to sing these songs in front of Nassau Hall. The College of New Jersey (Princeton) Class of 1889 songbook, ca. 1880s. Princeton Music Collection (AC056), Box 4, Folder 7.

June 24, 1873—Joseph Henry speaks at the dedication of the John C. Greene School of Science.

The John C. Greene School of Science, 1876. Historical Photograph Collection, Grounds and Buildings Series (AC111), Box SP6, Image No. 1510.

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

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