UNCG University Archives is celebrating the 125th anniversary of the passage of the bill establishing the State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG) with a pop-up exhibit in Jackson Library on Thursday, Feb. 18.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to visit the exhibit from 1 to 3 p.m. to view the charter, talk to University Archives staff about UNCG’s history and enjoy coffee and refreshments.

The exhibit will include a copy of the original bill establishing State Normal, campus photography dating back to the 1890s and an early course bulletin.

The vision to establish a normal school for teachers in North Carolina dates back to the 1880s. In 1883, a report from N.C. State Superintendent of Public Instruction John C. Scarborough stated that a large number of public school teachers did not attend normal schools and were not adequately prepared to teach students.

Three years later, Charles Duncan McIver (who would soon become the school’s founder and first president) and Edwin Alderman developed the idea of a state teachers’ college. Their proposal did not win legislative support in 1887 or 1889. However, the bill passed in 1891, making the school the third publicly funded women’s college in the nation.


Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Relations
Photography provided by University Archives