1982

A Quick Glance Backwards

to issue bonds not to exceed $40,000 if the State Commission should ever happen to agree to establish a normal school in Buffalo. On November 7, a public-spirited citizen of a colorful background, who was greatly interested in the educa– tion of the local area, a Mr. Jesse Ketchum, deeded to the city for only $4,500, the lot bounded by Jersey, Fourteenth, York, and Thirteenth (now Normal Avenue) Streets. This was to aid the city in fulfilling its share of the contract. The lot, a plain old hayfield, was 300 feet by 600 feet and contained roughly five to six acres. A committee was appointed to try

to persuade the Legislature to select Buffalo as one of the four sites to be ultimately chosen for the new normal schools. In April, 1867, the Legislature did just that by passing a special act. Two years later, the cornerstone of the new school was hlid. On September 13, 1871, the first class entered the Buffalo State Nor– mal and Training School. The three– story school building consisted of an assembly room and classrooms on the third floor, a large study hall, li– brary, and classrooms on the second floor, and the school of practice grade rooms on the first floor. The princi– pal and his family were housed on

Our College's history is loaded with fascinating details like a fat taco. Unfold the tortilla shell of time and the various ingredients of in– volved people, stages of growth, tra– ditions, and memories concerning our campus spill out. A brief, arbitrary rundown of the college's early history. Al– though the College has been on Elm– wood Avenue for fifty years now, Buffalo State is actually 110 years old. Its beginnings took place in April of 1866, when the New York State Legislature by special act au– thorized four new normal schools. On November 1, of that year, the Board of Supervisors of Erie County voted

Grover Cleveland's tower. (Lower left) Having some fun in a parking lot. (Lower right) It doesn't look it, but Kleinhans Music Hall was built in 1938.

Old Home Week - some sights around Grover Cleveland High School, the neighborhood of the old State Teache1'9 College. (Top left) Examples of houses with character; this sharp looking home is right across the street from the high schooL (Top right) In the background to the left you can see

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