Entries tagged with ‘History’

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Tuesday Trivia

The Gustavus Adolphus College sign at the top of College Avenue is iconic, but it has not always been the first thing you see driving up the hill. In what year did the sign first appear? A. 1909 B. 1929 C. 1959 D. 1979     The answer will be posted at 6:00 p.m. CST.

Factoid Friday

Did you know… that it was not until after World War I that Swedish disappeared as a required course at Gustavus? Today, Gustavus is home to a unique Scandinavian Studies program that allows students to study abroad, learn the language, history, and the customs of the region. Wait, has Flat Gus learned Swedish yet? He […]

Factoid Friday

On May 17, 1974, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA), an American left-wing urban militant group, was involved in a shoot-out with the police in Los Angeles, California. One of the SLA members who died in that shoot-out had a Gustavus connections. Camilla Hall was born in St. Peter, Minnesota, in 1945 to George and Lorena […]

View from the Hill

This is a photo of the “new” gym that was installed in 1922 in the Johnson Student Union. Visitors to campus now know this space as Alumni Hall, and instead of playing basketball, students gather there to hear guest lectures and celebrate events!

Tuesday Trivia: Answered!

Which building at Gustavus is the only building named in honor of a student?                         A. Gibbs Hall; It was built in 1966 and was called “Link”. In 2003 it was renamed and dedicated to Karen Gibbs, Gustavus student and tennis team member. She […]

Factoid Friday

This week on April 4th, 1902 a chartered train carried about 250 Gusties to Northfield, MN for the first state oratorical contest. The use of ebony and gold banners on the train trip was the basis for our College colors.

Gustavus History— Quiet Valor: The C. Fred Hanson Story | The Gustavian Weekly

Gustavus History— Quiet Valor: The C. Fred Hanson Story | The Gustavian Weekly.

Blast from the Past!

In this photograph, the campus community celebrates Gustavus Adolphus College’s 50th year in 1912. Behind them is the old depot-sized gymnasium, which was torn down to make room for the Johnson Student Union (the ‘new’ athletic space). Meals were available in the old gymnasium for 25 cents.