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Have a Very Poly Holiday

The end of the Fall semester is always associated with the holiday break. As for faculty and staff, we go our separate ways for awhile, and head off to enjoy a break with friends, family, and loved ones. As for … Continue reading

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Continuing Up the Hill: College Pond

In our last “Continuing up the Hill” post we described the acquisition of the Warren property in 1905 following the fire which destroyed the Main Building. Along with a house and stable, the property contained 10.5 acres. During the next … Continue reading

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Spirit Day 2015: Mystery Gear

This Friday is RPI’s 4th annual Spirit Day, in which member’s of the Rensselaer community are encouraged to show their pride by wearing or displaying RPI gear. We consider spirit everyday here in the Archives where it pervades the memorabilia … Continue reading

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Panama Canal Centennial: The French Debacle

The construction of the Panama Canal begins with the French. In 1875, while the United States was conducting surveys across Mexico and Nicaragua, trying to find the right canal route, France became very active and ambitious, eager to make their … Continue reading

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Mary Ellen Rathbun Kolb Oral History

 “I remember my first chemistry professor…he was in the front of the class of course, and he said, ‘This reminds me of classes I had’–and he mentions where he was at the time–because that was co-ed. Here I am right … Continue reading

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