The State University of New York at Oswego was founded in 1861 as a Primary Teachers’ Training school by Edward Austin Sheldon according to the Universities website. The school moved it’s location from the City of Oswego to it’s current Lakeside home after the completion of the building now known as Sheldon Hall. Today, the campus is home to over 8,000 students and 58 buildings for academics, residencies, and athletics. Sheldon Hall is a symbol of the schools long lasting legacy of innovation.
These photographs were chosen in order to portray the historical architecture of Sheldon Hall. The green hue of the copper statue and clock tower of Sheldon Hall exemplify the decades of educational success that have passed. The massive columns that guide your entry into the building feel reminiscent of ancient Roman architecture, expressing a sort of importance and power as you walk through the doors. It’s as if you step back into time when approaching Sheldon Hall. It has become a symbol of SUNY Oswego’s success and notoriety in the SUNY system.
Among all the posters that hang in the halls of SUNY Oswego’s academic buildings, one is celebrating Oswego Opera’s 40th anniversary with their production of Die Fledermaus. The show will take place in Waterman Theatre in Tyler Hall. The building is a place where the music and art students can showcase their talents to the rest of campus and town. Tyler Hall opened in 1968 and was named after James Gale Tyler, a painter born and raised in Oswego. Music fills the halls of Tyler Hall, where students can sing, dance, act, play instruments, etc. As the opera takes place this weekend, be sure to come see it! Many students and faculty have worked hard to create this comedic production.
Through the history of Oswego, one of the most important things to the school is the hockey team. They have been around since the 1960s and in 2007 the men’s team won the national championship. Also through Marano Campus Center, they have other history of the school such as fraternity life, sport championship memorabilia, and other history as shown in the top right picture.
I took these pictures because SUNY Oswego is a hockey school and it is where a lot of history has been made. Oswego is also big on its fraternities and you will always see people supporting their frats. The school has been around since 1948, and more history is going to be made in the near future.
While walking around I found it challenging to find things that are historic. But in reality, it’s all right in front of our eyes. In almost every building you go into, there are historic plaques, pictures, and objects.
The first building I went in was Marano Campus Center because I know there are some things that are rather historic in there.
The Al Roker Television Studio is known as WTOP, is historic because of the Alum that attended SUNY Owego and is now on The Today Show.
The next two photos I inserted were from Sheldon Hall and its a historic photo of what Admissions first was and what it is like now.
SUNY Oswego has existed since 1861, making the university 157 years old. Like with any location that’s existed for such a long time, constant renovation is employed to restore chunks of the school gnawed out by time or the forests of moss and vines growing on the sides of the decades-upon-decades-old buildings. Oswego is akin to an old monument- a monument to education – that has aged and been weathered gracefully. Yet those who care for it don’t allow it to fall into disarray, and are committed to keeping it a functioning organization to mold the minds of children.
These old pictures that I found tell the story of the diversity that took place at SUNY Oswego. The Oswego bus shows that these pictures were taken a long time ago. The school library was filled with students, but all these students are of white descent and in the next picture all the students are of black descent. Although the students seemed to be grouped with their common descent, these photos show that there has been diversity at SUNY Oswego for a very long time.
I went to our schools archives to get these photos because the archives holds all kinds of Oswego history. I picked these photos because I could see that there were places with different kinds of people on campus and I feel like the diversity the campus has is important to this school today.
The first photo was taken of Tyler Hall which is the music/arts building at SUNY Oswego. This building was named after James Gale Tyler and opened in 1968. The second picture was of Penfield library in which many students go to study and learn. The library was named after Lida S. Penfield and the building was opened up in 1968. The third picture is of Hewitt Union which is home to many student organizations and the college bookstore. Hewitt hall was named after Jesse Merle Hewitt and the building opened in 1963. I had taken photos of these particular building because they all mean something to me in the sense that I am constantly in all three of these buildings spending a lot of my time in them.
Edward Austin Sheldon founded the school that would one day become SUNY Oswego in 1861. He loved this school so much that he lived only steps away at Shady Shore. I think Sheldon would be proud of how far his school has come.
I chose the first photo, of the Sheldon statue because in my post I am talking about Sheldon, the second photo, of Shady Shore, I took because I talk about how Sheldon lived there, and I chose to take a photo of Shineman because it is one of the newest buildings and holds lots of advancement to show how far the school has progressed since Sheldon founded it. I chose to frame the photos the way I did because the first two are more past focused so I put them before the caption and the last photo after because it deals with the present and future of SUNY Oswego.