Category Archives: RPI Trivia

sports history quiz

Reunion & Homecoming weekend is coming up and sports will be a hot topic with all the excitement surrounding the dedication of the new East Campus Athletic Village.  With this in mind, I’ve prepared a little trivia quiz to engage … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute History, RPI Trivia | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

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

Share
Posted in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute History, RPI Trivia | Tagged , , , , , | 4 Comments

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

Share
Posted in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute History, RPI Trivia | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

former club & curious artifact

This topic combines two of my archival curiosities — RPI artifacts and former RPI clubs.  The artifact is a molded plastic triangle with circuit symbols in relief and a black inset triangle with the gold letters L/R/C.  The former club … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute History, RPI Trivia | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

the Commencement Hop

For several decades a hop (informal dance) was held right after commencement.  The hop was sponsored by the junior class in honor of the graduating seniors and it was typically held at a hall downtown.  Since commencement was held at … Continue reading

Share
Posted in Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute History, RPI Trivia | Tagged , , | Leave a comment