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Georgetown Turns 225

On Thursday, January 23, 2014, Georgetown University celebrates its 225th birthday on the anniversary of the day that John Carroll purchased the land that became the heart of Main Campus. The Library currently has two exhibitions celebrating the history of the University. Enjoy them the next time you stop by Lauinger and reflect on how far Georgetown and the Hilltop have come since 1789.

  • Georgetown in the 20th Century – This exhibition in the Fairchild Gallery and Gunlocke Rare Books Room on the fifth floor of Lauinger Library showcases more than 25 photographs from Georgetown in the 1900s, from a 1900 dorm room (when tuition was $400 a year!) to a speech by President-elect Bill Clinton (F’68) in January 1993. The majority of this exhibition is available for public viewing whenever Lauinger Library is open. The portion in the Gunlocke Room is available during Special Collections’ hours.
  • Alternative Georgetown: Campus Spaces Planned But Never Built or Differently Realized Than Originally Planned – This display in the Stephen Richard Kerbs Exhibit Area contains renderings and/or plans for 13 buildings and spaces never implemented on the main campus. See how the architects originally envisioned the School of Foreign Service, with a large statue of Christ on the top, or imagine what main campus would look like with an underground transportation center next to Healy. The exhibition, located between the Circulation and Reference Desks on the third floor of Lauinger Library, is accessible whenever the building is open.

Happy birthday, Georgetown!