Mansfield University of Pennsylvania

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Mansfield: 150 Years of History



The Eiffel Tower is completed in Paris.


Construction begins on the new North and Central wings of the old North Hall.

Yellowstone becomes the first National Park.

Spring football is introduced at Mansfield Normal School with a game between a Wellsboro town team and the Mansfield Normal Boys.

Whitcomb L. Judson of Meadville invents the modern "zipper" on October 5th.


Ellis Island opens in New York to help control the flood of immigrants into the country.

The new dining hall seating 500 opens in the new North wing of North Hall for Thanksgiving dinner.

At the Great Mansfield Fair electric lights are installed and a game of football is played between Mansfield Normal and Wyoming Seminary, ending in a draw. It is later recorded as the first night football game played in the United States.

Prof. Samuel H. Albro becomes principal of the Normal.


East Stroudsburg is recognized as a State Normal School.

Thomas Edison uses the world's first three wire electrical transmission system to light the City Hotel in Sunbury.


The first fraternity is organized at the Normal. It is formed from the Ladies Literary Society. It will later become the Epsilon Chapter of the Agonian Fraternity organized at Geneseo, NY. It is believed to be the first fraternity in the State Normal School System.

The new north and central wings of North Hall are completed. The south wing is put on hold.


The first school publication The Normal School Quarterly is published. Electric lights are installed in North Hall.


The Spanish American War breaks out. Former Mansfield Normal athlete George Walbridge enlists in the Military while at Cornell University and serves in Puerto Rico during the war.

Mansfield Normal football team plays a game against the University of Pennsylvania Football Squad. Penn is coached by former Normal Graduate George Woodruff, class of 1883.


Prof. Albro resigns position as Principal of the Normal. Dr. Andrew Thomas Smith is elected the new Principal.

The Agonian Womens Fraternity dedicates their rock on Normal Hill in what would be called Agonian Grove for the planting of trees on Arbor Day.