Spartan Stories

Tales from the UNCG University Archives

by Kathelene McCarty Smith Chinqua Penn Plantation Chinqua Penn Plantation, the sprawling historic mansion located in Reidsville, North Carolina, finally has a new owner and its fate is once again in question. The home and 23 acres of surrounding grounds were purchased by Mitchell Barnett Properties, LLC, for $650,000, quite a bit less than Sun […]

by Erin Lawrimore On April 6, 1917, the United Stated officially entered World War I. With the institutional motto of “Service,” the women of the State Normal and Industrial College (now UNCG) sought ways to contribute to the war efforts. Students came together to observe meatless and wheatless days, take classes in food conservation, raise […]

by Kathelene McCarty Smith “The Carpenterettes,” 1918 During World War I, the students of the State Normal and Industrial College (now UNCG) took part in numerous aspects of campus work — including many of the jobs vacated by local men. In the summer of 1918, seven students calling themselves the “Carpenterettes,” banded together and built […]

by Erin Lawrimore UNCG at its opening in 1892 was known as the State Normal and Industrial School — “normal” referring to training for teaching and “industrial” referring to training for other work. A “Business Department” was among the founding departments of the school. This department is described in the institution’s first course catalog: “The […]

by Stacey Krim The LGBTQ community of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has contributed to the reputation for diversity and inclusivity earned by this university. Historically, this reputation was fought for and earned by very brave students, staff, and faculty. About a month after the first official meeting of the Gay Student Union […]