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This Week in Princeton History for April 10-16

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, state law raises the drinking age for college students, a new photography studio opens, and more.

April 10, 1846—New Jersey law now prohibits tavern keepers from selling alcohol to college students under the age of 21.

April 11, 1935—A total of 13 women’s organizations convene on campus to discuss “The Cause and Cure of War.” More than 1,000 women are expected to attend.

April 14, 1972—When 110 students stage a 24-hour sit-in in the Faculty Room of Nassau Hall, the Board of Trustees moves its meeting to Walter Lowrie House, the home of University President Robert Goheen. The students’ action is a failed attempt to force the Trustees to hold an open meeting with them on the status of ROTC contracts. Some students follow the Trustees to Goheen’s home, where one is arrested for trespassing.

April 16, 1881—Royal Hill Rose has opened a new photography studio in town.

Royal Hill Rose and the Rose studio took many photos of the campus and Princeton students, but also others in town, as with this unidentified woman’s studio portrait, ca. 1895. Several of these were reprinted by the Princeton Historical Society in 2000. See Rose Photography Studio Collection of Glass-Plate Negatives (AC356), Box 98.

For the previous installment in this series, click here.

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