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This Week in Princeton History for July 12-18

In this week’s installment of our recurring series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, two juniors evacuate their summer program abroad when war breaks out, word is spreading about a ban on secret societies, and more.

July 13, 1895—Native Americans are rumored to have raided a party of Princeton students on a scientific expedition in the American west, but this will later prove false.

July 16, 2006—After days of uncertainty, Callie Lefevre ’09 and Emily Norris ’09 flee Beirut for Cyprus following the outbreak of war between Lebanon and Israel. “I felt like a first-class citizen on the Titanic,” Lefevre will later reflect.

Callie Lefevre ’09 reunites with her mother at Newark Airport, 2006. Clipping from the Daily Princetonian.

July 17, 1930—A bronze memorial tablet is dedicated in Pershing Hall in Paris, the first such memorial to be placed there. It contains the names of the Princeton alumni who died in World War I.

July 18, 1855—Virginia’s Alexandria Gazette reports that Princeton has banned secret societies and students will be required to sign a pledge not to join one. Any student found to be in a secret society will be promptly dismissed.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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