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The Great War and Our Campus

posted Sep 4, 2018, 7:32 AM by Erin C. Alghandoor   [ updated Sep 4, 2018, 8:03 AM ]
During the first World War, Kean University was called the State Normal School at Newark.  When the United States entered the Great War on April 6, 1917, the students and faculty of the school stood ready to serve at home and abroad.  Between 1917 and the end of the war in 1919, twenty eight men from campus entered the Armed Forces, women volunteered, and the school donated and spent over #315,000 on Liberty loans and help for orphans in Europe.  In today's money, that's $6,000,000.  The cases highlight the fundraising efforts by faculty and students, list the soldiers who served, showcase women volunteering on and off campus, and include a letter from teacher Beulah H. Hurley, who served with the Society of Friends in Europe.  

After the war ended, the New Jersey Board of Education requested that all the State Teachers Colleges create a brochure to commemorate their participation in the war.  At slightly more than 20 pages, it was the primary resource used for this exhibit.  To see the original bulletin, visit the archives.