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May 2012

Happy anniversary

June marks the 75th anniversary of the Alumni House, and you're invited to the celebration.

To commemorate the anniversary of the house's dedication on June 5, 1937, the Office of Alumni Relations is hosting an open house on June 5 from 2-4 p.m. Stop by for refreshments and a retrospective.

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UNCG Alumni House

The Alumni House has quite a history. Fundraising for this building began as far back as 1924. President Julius Foust and the college's board of directors challenged each alumna to give $60. A year later, half of the money was raised; then the stock market crashed in 1929.

Undeterred, Alumnae Secretary Clara Booth Byrd traveled the state to raise money. By 1937, a “2 to 5” initiative was launched, encouraging everyone who had not given to contribute $2-$5.

The Alumni House, which was patterned after Homewood, a colonial-style home built by Declaration of Independence signer Charles Carroll, was finally constructed at a cost of about $155,000. At the time it was built, it was one of maybe six alumni buildings in the country.

If you'd like a reminder of all the charm of the Alumni House, take a look at this UNCG Magazine slideshow of the building just after it was refurbished in 2008.













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