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This Week in Princeton History for November 15-21

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, Blair Hall gets a new electric clock, Nathaniel Webster gives a Princetonian credit for an idea, and more.

From: Mr. Sherlock Holmes

In the age of electronic communication - texts, emails, Slack, Zoom - there’s something magical about receiving an old fashioned letter in your mailbox. It’s even more thrilling when the return address says the correspondence is from Sherlock Holmes!

This Week in Princeton History for November 8-14

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, an alum resigns the U.S. Senate in anticipation of war, two undergraduates chase down a criminal suspect, and more. November 9, 1903—Controversy has erupted locally over the town’s first Black postman, A.

Secret Societies at Princeton in the 19th Century

by Iliyah Coles ’22 A couple of decades after The College of New Jersey (which became Princeton University in 1896) was first established, there were only two known social clubs in existence at the school.

A Piranesi-Inspired Picnic

No need for a basket, this little picnic folds right up into a book! Unfurl your picnic blanket, pull your food from the built-in pockets, and you have yourself a feast with friends! 

This Week in Princeton History for November 1-7

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, some alumni are not pleased that students are cross-dressing for the theater, Abraham Lincoln is the most popular candidate for president on campus, and more.

Halloween: It’s Not Just for Pumpkins

Recent design trends in Halloween pumpkin carving fly in the face of tradition.  The purpose of the  lantern is to frighten away the mischievous spirits that will walk abroad on the night of October 31st.  While a carving of Jack …

This Week in Princeton History for October 25-31

In this week’s installment of our recurring series, a visitor is shocked by students expressing political views, faculty deny a petition to begin a college newspaper, and more.

Lifestyles of the Rich & Noble

Don't be sooooo 12th century. Get with the times whilst also enjoying this complementary copy of Medieval Vogue! Katie designed this gorgeous little mag for a massive Robin Hood shindig my library hosted some years ago.

Early LGBTQIA+ Publishing and Civil Liberties During America’s “Lavender Scare”

Documentation of LGBTQIA+ communities prior to the Stonewall riots of 1969 can be sparse.

Cotsen Pumpkin Patch

Halloween is just around the corner, which means it's time to head to the pumpkin patch for your favorite festive gourd! Katie and I thought it would be fun to venture into the Cotsen Children's Library's special collections vaults and pull a few pumpkin treasures.