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This Week in Princeton History for April 22-28

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, Earth Day is observed for the first time, professors hold a rummage sale to raise money for the ambulance corps in France, and more.

April 22, 1970—Princeton Ecology Action leads the University’s first celebration of Earth Day.

Princeton Ecology Action’s 1970 Earth Day program. Office of Communications Records (AC168), Box 26.

April 24, 1987—Harassment and violence mar the annual Take Back the Night march at Princeton University.

April 25, 1894—Tom C. Noyes, Class of 1889, is covering Coxey’s Army on horseback for the Washington Evening Star.

In this page from a student scrapbook (Louis Irving Reichner, Class of 1894), a flyer distributed by Coxey’s Army outlines their goals. (Click to enlarge.) Their march on Washington started in Ohio as a protest movement during a severe economic depression. Marchers reached the U.S. capitol on April 30, 1894.

April 26, 1917—The Faculty Committee on Military Affairs holds a rummage sale to benefit the Princeton unit of the American Ambulance Corps in France.

Several American schools supported the Ambulance Field Service in France. Historical Subject Files (AC109), Box 413, Folder 1.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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