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A Picture is World a Thousand Questions
Collections at Fredonia

Archives and Special Collections
Daniel A. Reed Library
State University of New York at Fredonia
Fredonia, NY 14063
Ph: 716-673-3183

The First Normal School

Old Normal School

The cornerstone for this building was laid on 8 August 1867, at the site of the present day location of Old Main. Understanding has it that when the state announced that it would take propositions from communities for new normal schools in 1866, it was the influence of Governor Reuben E. Fenton, of Jamestown, and the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Victor M. Rice, also from Chautauqua County, that helped secure one of the institutions for Fredonia. It opened for classes on 2 December 1867.


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