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Edinboro ‘State Teachers College’ alumni to hold 55th Class Reunion on campus Friday

Class of 1957!

07/17/2012

EDINBORO, Pa. – It was the year of Sputnik 1, Slinkys and Hula Hoops, “Perry Mason” and “Maverick,” and what would arguably become the most classic Chevrolet of all time!

The year was 1957, when Elvis purchased a Memphis mansion and called it “Graceland,” when “American Bandstand” debuted on ABC, and “Ike” began his second term in the White House. Meanwhile, at the former Edinboro State Teachers College, it was another banner year for graduating students who began their higher education careers four years earlier wearing bright red freshmen beanies.

On Friday, two dozen graduates of the ESTC Class of 1957 will return to what has since become Edinboro University – the region’s largest and most comprehensive institution of higher education – for their 55th Reunion.

The University began as the Edinboro Academy in 1857 before becoming a normal school in 1861 and a State Teachers college in 1926. In 1960, three years after the Class of 1957 moved on to make its mark in the world, the school became Edinboro State College before achieving university status in 1983.

The 1957 classmates, some from as far away as Texas, will begin their day Friday at the Alumni House for a nostalgic tour of “The Memory Room” and lunch. Later, they’ll be taken on a tour of a campus much different and expanded than the 1957 version, and will participate in meetings with President Julie E. Wollman and Vice President for Advancement Tina Mengine. The classmates, and guests, will attend a concluding reception and dinner at Van Houten Dining Hall.