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SUNY Cortland Cornerstone To Be Rededicated This Week After 150 Years

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The 150-year-old cornerstone of what began as Cortland Normal School will be rededicated this week on the campus of SUNY Cortland, the institution’s direct descendant.

A century and a half ago, the rural village of Cortland gathered in what is now downtown’s Courthouse Park for what one historian described as “the largest, grandest, most elegant and most imposing demonstration ever witnessed in Cortland County.”

This Wednesday (May 8) at 2 p.m., the cornerstone will be dedicated a second time in a visible place of honor in the lobby of Old Main, part of SUNY Cortland’s year-long sesquicentennial celebration.

In addition to the cornerstone, the rededication will highlight the installation of an interactive touch-screen allowing people to search for historic College events along a digital timeline created by SUNY Cortland history students.

History Department Chair Randi Storch and President Erik Bitterbaum will both speak at the re-dedication, as will History Professor Kevin Sheets and Student Government President Sophie Umansky.

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