150 Years of the California State Normal School

This exhibit is in honor of the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the California State Normal School by the California Legislature on May 2, 1862. The Cal State Normal School later evolved into both “San Jose State” and the entire California State University system.

The exhibit covers San Jose’s early identity as the California State Normal School. The display includes photographs of the first and second Cal State Normal School buildings, as well as song books,  diplomas and catalogs. One feature of interest is a view of the California State Normal School bell, forged in 1881, which is a continued point of campus pride today. Other artifacts on display include photographs, pennants, flyers, catalogs and programs showing the Great Seal of California and its oldest Cal State campus.

SJSU Special Collections & Archives

Where: King Library, Fifth Floor, Room 560

When: Monday-Thursday 11-6; Friday 11-5; Saturday 1-5

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Repeats every day until Mon Dec 31 2012.