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Let’s Have Cake!

Today is the 189th birthday of Rensselaer and weR: The Spirit of Rensselaer Society had a fabulous idea – to serve cake in front of the Troy Building! On November 5, 1824, Stephen Van Rensselaer wrote a letter to the … Continue reading

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back when mandolins were cool

Yes, that’s right — mandolins were all the rage from about 1894 to 1924.  Mandolin clubs popped up at high schools, colleges and cities all over the country.  The club at RPI evolved out of the Banjo and Guitar Club … Continue reading

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The Moustache Club

The Moustache Club was a student club that appeared briefly in the 1870s.  The officers consisted of president, assistant to the president, treasurer and inspector general.  Here are some excerpts from the club’s constitution as detailed in the 1877 Transit: … Continue reading

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Mystery Image #5 – create a caption

This photo really intrigues me! In all of my RPI history travels, which includes extensive research for exhibits on student clubs and student traditions, I haven’t found an explanation for this image. I hope I stumble across something someday that … Continue reading

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