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Elmira in Chemung County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Elmira College

 
 
Elmira College Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2017
1. Elmira College Marker
Inscription.  
Founded 1855
First Woman’s college in
United States to grant degrees
of full academic standing
equal to those given men

State Education
Department 1954

 
Erected 1954 by New York State Department of Education.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationNotable PlacesWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1855.
 
Location. 42° 5.892′ N, 76° 48.883′ W. Marker is in Elmira, New York, in Chemung County. Marker is on College Avenue south of West Washington Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Marker is located beside the sidewalk, in front of the College Avenue entrance to Cowles Hall. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 804 College Avenue, Elmira NY 14901, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mark Twain Watering Trough (within shouting distance of this marker); Mark Twain in Elmira (within shouting distance of this marker); Mark Twain Study (within shouting distance of this marker); Tompkins Hall
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(about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Gillett Memorial Hall (about 400 feet away); St. Patricks Apartments (approx. 0.4 miles away); Elmira Gateway (approx. 0.4 miles away); Kopernik (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elmira.
 
Also see . . .
1. Elmira College Origin. Elmira College was first conceived by a group of men at a meeting on April 11, 1851 in Albany, New York. This group, which referred to itself as "Friends of Education," had the intention of creating a college that would grant degrees to women; these degrees would be equal to the degrees given to men at the time. The chairman of the meeting was Reverend Isaac N. Wyckoff, who had had previous experience in female education as a principal of a girls' school in New Brunswick. The group adopted a series of resolutions devoted to the equalization of women's education with that of men. (Submitted on September 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Elmira College Old Campus - National Archives. National Register of Historic Places documentation (Submitted on December 19, 2023, by Anton Schwarzmueller of Wilson, New York.)
Elmira College Marker (<i>wide view; Cowles Hall in background</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2017
2. Elmira College Marker (wide view; Cowles Hall in background)
 
 
Cowles Hall, Elmira College (<i>west side view from near marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Cosmos Mariner, July 15, 2017
3. Cowles Hall, Elmira College (west side view from near marker)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2023. It was originally submitted on September 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 176 times since then and 14 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on September 19, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   2, 3. submitted on September 20, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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