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The Long History of UNCG Auditorium

In 1927, the building now known as UNCG Auditorium was opened as part of the June commencement exercises at the school (then named the North Carolina College for Women). The building’s primary purpose was to serve as a campus meeting space, replacing the 800-seat auditorium in the Students Building, which by 1927 could hold less […]

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What Happened to Mary? The Disappearance of Mary Shotwell Little, Woman’s College Alumna

In the many years since UNC Greensboro opened its doors in 1892, our institution has been remembered and honored by the contributions and legacies of our alumni. The school has prepared an army of students to enter the world, carving their own path and contributing to future generations. However, one of our alumna is best […]

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 Virginia Land Brown (Class of 1902): The School’s First Commuting Student

Virginia Brown was one of the North Carolina State Normal and Industrial College’s (now UNC Greensboro) first students. Because State Normal did not give formal degrees in the early years of the school, Virginia and six classmates returned to the college for a fifth year to receive their degrees. Virginia majored in Zoology. Her Botany teacher […]

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The Ghosts of UNC Greensboro

To celebrate Halloween, we repeat this blog post, originally posted in October 2012 by Hermann Trojanowski, who retired from Special Collections and University Archives in 2013. We hope you enjoy this extra spooky Spartan Story. Spencer Residence Hall Tales have long circulated about the ghosts that allegedly haunt the campus.  In the late 1960s, the […]

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Dark Shadows, Deep Closets: A LGBT History Month Special Post

When reflecting upon events that serve as vehicles for social consciousness, a library book display is unlikely to rate as an impactful medium to facilitate and stimulate dialogue relating to controversial topics. Such displays are passive and frequently overlooked. However, a book exhibit installed in Jackson Library, at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, […]

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The Development of the Weatherspoon Art Museum: Bridging Art and Education

Elizabeth McIver Weatherspoon Elizabeth “Lizzie” McIver enrolled at the State Normal and Industrial School at its opening in October 1892. She was the younger sister of the school’s founding president Charles Duncan McIver. In fact, one of the drivers that led McIver to advocate for State Normal was the lack of reasonably priced institutions in […]

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Physician, Professor, and Medical Missionary Annie V. Scott (class of 1914)

Greensboro native Annie Vellna Scott arrived at State Normal and Industrial College in Fall 1910 at the age of 21. She was an active student at the State Normal and Industrial College as well as an early entrepreneur. She served on the board of directors of State Normal Magazine as a representative from the Adelphian […]

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Dr. John H. Cook: A Progressive Advocate for North Carolina’s Teachers

On March 25, 1936, North Carolina Republican Chairman William C. Meekins expressed his disappointment that Woman’s College’s dean of the department of education Dr. John H. Cook would not accept the party’s nomination as candidate for the state superintendent of public instruction. Cook declared that while he was “tremendously interested in public education and [he] […]

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Starting Classes at State Normal

The institution now known as UNC Greensboro was originally chartered by the State of North Carolina in February 1891. The school was founded to train female teachers and instruct them in “drawing, telegraphy, type-writing, stenography, and such other industrial arts as may be suitable to their sex and conducive to their support and usefulness.” Leading […]

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Spartan Pets: Faculty and their Dogs in UNCG History

Mary Channing Coleman and Bonnie In an oral history interview conducted in 2006, Celeste Ulrich (Woman’s College class of 1946 and professor in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation from 1956-1979) discussed her life-long love of dogs and her extensive time spent training animals. She noted that, when she arrived at Woman’s College […]

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