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Princeton Weekly Bulletin   September 25, 2006, Vol. 96, No. 3   prev   next   current

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Celebration this fall to mark 250 years of ‘Princeton in Princeton’

Princeton NJ — In 1756, the University’s second president, Aaron Burr, gathered his pupils and moved them from Newark to a 4.5-acre site in Princeton that would become the foundation of their fledgling college. The acreage provided the site for Nassau Hall and Maclean House, which stand today as the anchor for the University and a symbol of the region’s history.

To celebrate the legacy of the two buildings and their long-standing relationship with their Princeton neighbors, the University and community groups will host the 250th anniversary celebration of “Princeton in Princeton” Oct. 21 to Nov. 4.

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Festivities will begin Oct. 21 with a reception featuring remarks by President Tilghman that will officially open a special exhibit in the Frist Campus Center documenting the history of Nassau Hall. The event will be followed by two weeks of family activities, events and lectures designed to recognize the history shared by the two “Princetons” — the University and the community.

“This is a historic milestone,” said Karen Woodbridge, Princeton’s director of community relations. “We wanted to take this opportunity to show that our gates are truly open by working with the community to host a series of events welcoming people of all ages.”

Events highlighting the two-week celebration will include a dedication of the Maclean House gardens on Oct. 22; a speaker series on early Princeton experiences; a Revolutionary Princeton Day on Oct. 28 featuring historic re-enactments, 18th-century walking tours of the campus and town, and colonial children’s activities; and a Princeton Historical Society House tour highlighting Nassau Hall and Maclean House.

For more information about the “Princeton in Princeton” celebration, visit the Web site for the event, which is hosted in part by the University’s Office of Community and Regional Affairs, at More information also will be published in a future issue of the Princeton Weekly Bulletin.


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