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The first of the so-called "Stone Group," the YMCA building was constructed in 1888-89. In contrast to the brick and wood buildings that had been erected on the campus, including the original Preston and Olin Building and Solitude, the Y building was one of only a few of the buildings that survived the early days of the institute. Most either burned or were razed for new facilities. A later series of new buildings were erected and many still remain. The YMCA building is still used today, although it no longer serves the YMCA.


YMCA building Laying the cornerstone of the YMCA building (1888-89)


YMCA building YMCA Building, 1890

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Land Grant @ 150

In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act and created the land-grant university system. With the sweep of his pen, Lincoln made education more accessible, shaping the future of a young United States.

Virginia Tech celebrates this land-grant heritage 150 years later.

Calendar of Events

2012 Exhibits

The Morrill Act and Virginia Tech

Reception and opening
July 11, 4:30 pm
Newman Library, 2nd floor

Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War

September 5-October 19
Newman Library, 1st floor

2012 Lincoln Lectures

A Man Called Lincoln

James I. Robertson
September 6

The Age of Lincoln, Then and Now

Vernon Burton
September 11

Saving the Last Best Hope on Earth: Lincoln and the Constitution

Charles Hubbard
September 27

An Inestimable Jewel: Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Era Constitutional Amendments

Thomas E. Mackey
October 8