This Week in Princeton History for May 14-20

In this week’s installment of our ongoing series bringing you the history of Princeton University and its faculty, students, and alumni, the third term of the academic year begins, dining halls begin serving water instead of milk for lunch, and more.

May 14, 1975—The Eastern regional conference of Women in Higher Education Administration meets at Princeton.

May 16, 1859—James W. Reese’s Valedictory Oration for the Class of 1859 seems precognitive in its reference to the battlefield.

Robert Edgar’s Valedictory Ode to the Senior Class of the College of New Jersey (Princeton) May 16, 1859. Princeton University Class Records (AC130), Box 4. Though the third stanza of Edgar’s ode refers to a metaphorical battlefield, many of the Class of 1859 fought against one another on literal battlefields. About half (35) of the 73-member class fought in the Civil War, 15 for the Union and 20 for the Confederacy.

May 17, 1868—The third term of the academic year begins at the College of New Jersey, reflecting a change to the academic calendar.

May 20, 1952—Starting today, dining halls at Princeton University will serve water rather than milk at lunch. Milk will continue to be served at dinner.

Princeton University Dining Commons, ca. 1950s. Historical Photograph Collection, Campus Life Series (AC112), Box MP191, Image No. 5163.

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