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Historic Walking Tour, April 22, 2015

April 15, 2015

Michelle Adams
Communications and Marketing
(603) 641-7240

To commemorate Saint Anselm College's 125th Anniversary, on April 22nd, 2015 College Archivist Keith Chevalier will guide a Historic Campus Walking Tour during the College Hour. Join us on Alumni Hall Plaza at 12:30 p.m. for a birthday cake reception and toast to Saint Anselm College. The tour will leave from the Plaza at 12:45 pm.

Saint Anselm College Campus
The Saint Anselm College campus in 1893 consisted of a single large, imposing brick building- the "College Building," which today we know as Alumni Hall. For many years, that building was the epicenter of campus, encompassing every classroom and dormitory at the college, as well as all dining and recreational facilities. In the many years since Alumni Hall opened its doors to the first students, the college has grown dramatically from that one all-encompassing structure. The "college upon the hill" today encompasses 400 acres, and 1,900 students live and learn in 52 buildings.

While several structures (like Joseph Hall and Bradley House) were built in the early 1900s, much of the major campus expansion occurred between 1957 and 1966, when the first Advisory Board of Trustees led the college's first capital campaign, the "Once in a Lifetime Appeal." During this period, thanks to enterprising and generous local and regional business leaders, Saint Anselm effectively doubled in size. Six buildings, including Geisel Library, two residence halls, Cushing Student Center, a science center and Stoutenburgh Gymnasium were added. In 1966, with the completion of the Abbey Church, the campus was provided with a spiritual heart.

In the latter half of the twentieth century and early years of the twenty-first, Saint Anselm has continued to expand to include many more buildings and landmarks, including now-familiar centers of college life such as Davison dining hall, Sullivan Arena, and the Dana Center. The New Hampshire Institute of Politics was established, Bernard Court was built to strengthen the student residential experience, and campus was beautified with the creation of the Campus Green. In 2014, the Living Learning Commons, a new 43,000 square foot residence hall housing 150 students, was dedicated, and additional spaces for prayer and quiet contemplation, including the Multifaith Prayer Room in the Cushing Center and the Grotto housing the Madonna of Saint Anselm statue, were installed.

We commemorate 125 years of Anselmian history and look forward to a future imbued with the faith of our founding fathers. In the spirit of both preserving and promoting a uniquely Catholic, Benedictine academic and residential community, Saint Anselm College is committed to creating campus spaces that nurture the intellectual, moral, and spiritual growth of students for many years to come.

Self-guided Walking Tours
Join the 125th Anniversary celebration and explore historic Saint Anselm College with a Walking Tour of campus. Start at the Kimball Barn on Saint Anselm Drive and finish at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics. Follow the map to bring 125 years of college history to life along the way.

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