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Our Storied Past, Our Bright Future - Framingham State University 1839-2014

Ruth GravesChrista C McAuliffeOlivia DavidsonSamuel Joseph MayTowers HallNorth Hall
Ruth Graves Wakefield, Class of 1924, invented the chocolate chip cookie. Nestle prints her Toll House recipe on every package of chocolate chips.
Christa Corrigan McAuliffe, Class of 1970, poses for her official NASA portrait. Selected to be the first “Teacher in Space,” McAuliffe died in the Challenger Space Shuttle disaster.
An 1881 graduate of Framingham Normal School, Olivia Davidson married Booker T. Washington and helped him found the Tuskegee Institute.
Samuel Joseph May was Principal of the West Newton Normal School from 1842-1844.
Towers Hall, built in 1973.
Framingham State’s newest residence hall, North Hall.

Welcome to Framingham State University’s 175th Anniversary Web page. Founded in 1839 by education reformer Horace Mann, Framingham State University is the nation’s oldest public normal school.

The opening of Framingham State in 1839 was a transformational moment in the educational history of our nation. It paved the way for higher education to be extended to segments of our population that previously couldn’t or wouldn’t have gone, including women and minority groups.

The University is planning several events in 2014 to commemorate our historic anniversary. We invite you to join in on the celebrations. We encourage you to explore this site, which features historic photos, a University timeline and information about events and exhibits that will be held throughout the year.

Framingham State University

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Framingham, MA 01701-9101


Phone: 508-620-1220