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Grove City in Mercer County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Pine Grove Normal Academy

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 10, 2021
1. Pine Grove Normal Academy Marker
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In April 1876, at the age of 23, Isaac C. Ketler opened his "Select School"-- the forerunner of Grove City College. The first classes were held with 13 students. The fall session opened with 74 students with the school renamed as Pine Grove Normal Academy.
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A public meeting was held in 1878 to consider the purchase of land for the school known as Pine Grove Normal Academy. The first academy building was completed in December 1879 on a portion of the farm of James G. Cunningham (near the intersection of East Main and South Broad Streets).

 
Erected by the Borough of Grove City and in Honor of Susan Eccles O'Kane.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. A significant historical month for this entry is April 1876.
 
Location. 41° 9.6′ N, 80° 5.183′ W. Marker is in Grove City, Pennsylvania, in Mercer County. Marker is on Broad Street (Pennsylvania Route 208) north of Pine Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map.
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By William Fischer, Jr., April 10, 2021
2. Pine Grove Normal Academy Marker
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Marker is at or near this postal address: 152 South Broad Street, Grove City PA 16127, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Susan Eccles O'Kane (here, next to this marker); Grove City National Boys and Girls Purebred Calf Club (a few steps from this marker); Beginnings of Radio in Grove City (a few steps from this marker); History of Burdicks Men’s Clothing Store (a few steps from this marker); "Here's Howe" (a few steps from this marker); "The Voice of Grove City" (a few steps from this marker); Incorporation of Grove City Borough (a few steps from this marker); Margaret Simpson Guinnip (a few steps from this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grove City.
 
More about this marker. Marker is on one in a series of low sandstone obelisks along South Broad Street (the downtown commercial district) with markers on three sides and a cast Borough of Grove City emblem on the fourth side (facing the street).
 
Also see . . .
1. Grove City College Timeline. (Submitted on April 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Dr. Isaac Conrad Ketler at Find A Grave. (Submitted on April 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. History of Grove City PA. (Submitted on April 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Pine Grove Normal Academy Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 10, 2021
3. Pine Grove Normal Academy Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 19, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on April 19, 2021, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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