MSU’s First Veterinary Laboratory

Our first week of CAP summer work focused almost exclusively on the remains of the first Veterinary Laboratory that was uncovered by construction work related to the ongoing West Circle Steam Renovation project. This week we were finally, able to get into the MSU Archives to do some research on the building. We found out quite a bit of history on a building that most don’t even realize was there.

Veterinary Laboratory after its 1886 completion.

Veterinary Laboratory after its 1886 completion. Courtesy MSU Archives

 

The building was built in 1885 during President Willit’s administration. Like all early buildings on campus, it was built low bid. According to the Board of Trustees minutes (onthebanks.msu.edu), bids ranged from $5,400 to $7,600. The contract was awarded to Fuller and Wheeler for the amount of $5376.79. The building was to be finished by December 1st, of 1885 with plans being finalized by the Board of Trustees as late as April 20th, leaving only seven months to complete the construction. The deadline for construction was later extended to January 15th of 1886.

The construction of the laboratory put the newly formed Veterinary Science Department on a good working basis. President Willit even made it a condition of his taking up the position of President that the State place veterinary science on an independent basis at the college. The building stood three stories tall, built as a chateau-like structure, and contained an operating room, a lecture hall, a dissecting room, and a model room.

Veterinary Lab model room

Veterinary Lab model room, courtesy MSU Archives

The Professor of Veterinary Science, Dr. E. A. A. Grange, who was a graduate of Ontario Veterinary College, was also named the State Veterinarian. The implementation of the veterinary program and the hurried construction of the laboratory was due to President Willit’s opinion regarding its necessity and Dr. Grange’s enthusiasm to make a name for MSU’s Veterinary Science. Dr. Grange said, upon the completion of the Vet lab, “The spring of 1886 may be looked upon as the most important epoch of our history in the veterinary department…for it was at the beginning of this term that we took possession of our new quarters.”

The Board of Trustees minutes also revealed details about the furnishing of the lab. The lecture room was to be furnished with raised seats at an extra expense of $55. Dr. Grange was given $150 to seat the lecture room as well as furnish his personal office. A sum of $150 was used to furnish an elevator to carry animals from the first to second floor, $25 for a stove in the lecture room, and $10 for a truck for the program. Dr. Grange was also given $60 to purchase specimens for veterinary lectures. In 1886, Dr. Grange was allotted $100 to acquire a compound microscope as well.

The Veterinary Department took possession of the laboratory during the spring term of 1886, a move which revolutionized the instruction of Veterinary Science at the college.

By 1930, the laboratory had been torn down to make way for a new drive that would curve south of Agriculture Hall and around in front of a new anatomy building to an entrance on Haslett Street. The Report of the Dean of Veterinary Science, Ward Giltner, from the Annual Report of the State Board of Agriculture in 1930 said, regarding the construction of the new Surgery and Clinic that, “the old veterinary building had to go. It was in the was of needed Campus improvements, and it was in great need of repair and not worth repairing. It was carried on the inventory of $5,000, and it housed equipment listed at $23, 902.41.” We were unable to find an exact year that it was torn down, but we know it was between 1928 and 1930. There is not mention of its removal in any of the annual reports of board minutes, which leads us to guess that its removal was expected and anti-climactic.

Vet lab tucked behind the trees and between Ag Hall and the iconic MSC smoke stack. Courtesy MSU Archives

Vet lab tucked behind the trees and between Ag Hall and the iconic MSC smoke stack. Courtesy MSU Archives

Vet lab (left), Mechanical shops (right) Courtesy MSU Archives

Vet lab (left), Mechanical shops (right)
Courtesy MSU Archives

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

References:

24th Annual Report of the Secretary of the State Board of Agriculture of the State of Michigan from October 1, 1884, to September 30, 188.(1886). Lansing: Thorp and Goldberry Printers and Binders.
25th Annual Report of the Secretary of the State Board of Agriculture of the State of Michigan from October 1, 1885, to September 30, 1886.(1886). Lansing: Thorp and Goldberry Printers and Binders.
Kuhn, M. (1955). Michigan State: the first hundred years, 1855-1955. East Lansing: Michigan State University Press.
Meeting Minutes, 1885. (1885). On the Banks of the Red Cedar. Retrieved May 14, 2014, from http://onthebanks.msu.edu/Object/3-F-21A/meeting-minutes-1885/
Sixty-ninth Annual Report of the Secretary of the State Board of Agriculture of the State of Michigan and Forty-Third Annual Report of the Experiment Station from July 1, 1929 to June 30, 1930. (1930)

 

A Personal Connection to Landon Hall

Landon Construction, via MSU Archives and Historical Records

Landon Construction, via MSU Archives and Historical Records

This summer CAP has the opportunity to again look for the site of the Faculty Row buildings located where Landon Hall currently is as well as artifacts that might give us insights into early student life. Cowles House is the only building left of the Faculty Row buildings that ran along West Circle Drive from almost the beginning of MSU to the 1930s-40s. Landon Hall was built in 1947-1948 on the site of two of the Faculty Row buildings. As former Campus Archaeologist Terry Brock stated in an earlier CAP blog post from 2009: “Previous archaeological work done by CAP has investigated the sites of the other Faculty Row buildings, located where Landon and Campbell Hall are now located, but there were no intact archaeological deposits.” With the removal of asphalt and concrete behind Landon Hall this summer to renovate and enlarge Landon’s dining hall, CAP will again have a chance to investigate this area that has been so important to the development of Michigan State University.

Linda Landon in the Linton Hall Library, via MSU Archives and Historical Records

Linda Landon in the Linton Hall Library, via MSU Archives and Historical Records

The dorms that make up West Circle Dormitory complex are all name for women that have made important contributions to MSU. Landon Hall was named for Linda Eoline Landon the first female instructor and the first female librarian at MSU. According to the Board of Trustees minutes from 1891, Linda’s first salary as a librarian was for $500 a year. This was during the time that the library was in Linton Hall which was also the administration building. Linda oversaw the library from its time in Linton to when it was in the current MSU Museum. For 30 years Linda was also the person that put the ribbons on diplomas. She was beloved by her students which is shown in the 1912 yearbook which was dedicated to her for “tutoring thousands of students in the art of appreciating, loving, and valuing these true friends in life – books”.

Landon Hall has a particular personal interest to me as my mother Karen Moon Schaefer (known as a student by her maiden name Karen Moon) lived in Landon as a student from 1966 till her graduation in 1969. She served as Landon Hall’s President in 1969 and therefore sat on the Women’s Inter-residence Council which was made up of all of the presidents of the women’s residence halls.

Landon Hall has four floors and an “H” shape to it with the east wing smaller than the west wing and the middle hall extending slightly beyond both the west and east wings. In the center of the building on the ground floor is the cafeteria that is being expanded this summer. In the cafeteria there are terra cotta reliefs that where created by Professor Leonard Jungwirth who also created Sparty (Standford and Dewhurst 2002:67). Landon was a female only dorm but now is co-ed. My mother told me stories that during her time there if a boy was in the dorm on her floor the girls would yell out “Boy on the floor!” to the rest of the girls so the girls would know not to leave their rooms in robes, curlers or other states of undress that they wouldn’t want a boy to see.

My own personal connection to Landon Hall drove me to volunteer to investigate the history of Landon for CAPs when it was offered. What I found makes me hopeful that our investigation this summer will be successful. As well I am proud to be a student at a university that from its beginning has recognized the women that have been a cornerstone of its success.

References

Brock, Terry. September 9, 2009   Survey Spot: Cowles House. CAP Blog, http://campusarch.msu.edu/?p=158

Stanford, Linda and C. Kurt Dewhurst. 2002    MSU Campus: Buildings, Places, Spaces. The Michigan State University Press, East Lansing, MI

 

MSU Archival Tidbits: Labor, Fires, and Enrollment

I am still working on the sustainability project which seems to have generated endless research questions. As I try to reign it all in, I have been writing about a category that I have blandly termed “Student Life” in my draft. This is the catch-all portion for the interesting factoids I come across in the University Archives. Somehow I will assimilate this information into a working draft, but for now I will share what I have learned below:

In the early days of the college, all students attending the college were required to split their days between labor and academics (T. Gunson, 1940). Through manual labor in the gardens and farms, as well as clearing land for buildings and roads, the student body effectively constructed the foundations of the institution while receiving their education.

In 1871, student Henry Haigh reported a fee of $29.95 for boarding at Saint’s Rest. Haigh journaled about the atmosphere in the dining halls which were structured by assigned seating. He mentioned the presence of women in the halls, though the ratio of men to women was still quite unequal at this time.

Engineering Lab on Fire in 1916, via MSU Archives

During October 1871, the year of the Great Chicago Fire, there were numerous raging fires in the woods around the new campus and across Michigan. Students were dispatched to fight the blazes along with seminal faculty members, Dr. Miles and Dr. Kedzie. Many people lost their lives and homes, especially in the thumb region of the state, but the college was spared due to the management of the students and their vigilance against the fires. Drs. Miles and Kedzie would divide students into groups to battle the blazes through the night, a task compounded by the water shortage from an ongoing drought. Classes were largely cancelled for a week while students joined with neighboring farmers to keep watch over the advancement of the fires. Haigh noted that many students knew how to combat fires and dense smoke, having experience with managing agricultural lands on their family properties. (Sidenote: if anyone has any information about the fire outbreaks during this time period, please share! I am curious as to why there were so many fires in Michigan at this time, though I presume it is due to dry environment).

Faced with declining enrollment numbers, President Snyder (1896-1915) personally corresponded with potential students and advocated the incorporation of promotional literature and calendars into the college’s recruitment plans. As a result, student enrollment increased during his presidency (though the onset of World War I drew students to combat soon after he stepped down). President Snyder encouraged the training of women at the college through a series of short course programs. During his term, Snyder also helped initiate summer courses and railroad institutes. All of these programs lended the college credibility in the eyes of the state population, as MAC faculty members traveled to rural areas of Michigan to give lectures and perform demonstrations for farmers. In an effort to appear relevant and indispensible to the state, the college also enacted county extension programs.

Frank Kedzie, President of the college from 1916-1921 during the turbulent war years, resigned in the wake of weak post-war enrollment growth. A change in leadership was thought to be needed to reignite admissions, so leadership was passed to President Friday in 1921. Friday was an economist and agriculturalist hired to solve the issues stemming from the national war effort. State farmers were suffering during the post-WWI depression. During his administration, Friday endorsed more liberal education programs, allowing engineering students to pursue liberal arts courses in place of some more technical class requirements. President Friday spearheaded the effort to grant PhDs, with the first degree conferred in 1925.

This Month in MSU’s History: March

Well today is officially the second day of Spring despite the snow. We are currently preparing for our summer archaeological work, which includes surveys and monitoring on at least 7 different construction projects! Its going to be a balancing act- but hopefully by doing lots of prep work we’ll be ready for it. Complaints about the weather can be heard all throughout the campus today, but if we look back historically, they were also complaining about the problematic cold and unending winter- so its not just us! Check out some of the interesting things that were occurring in MSU’s history during March.

On March 15, 1861, the name of the college was changed from the Agricultural College of the State of Michigan to the State Agricultural College. Still quite a long way off from its current name, but getting closer! We would end up changing to Michigan Agricultural College in 1909, Michigan State College of Agriculture and Applied Science in 1925, Michigan State University of Agriculture and Applied Science in 1955, and finally Michigan State University in 1964.

Botanical Laboratory in 1885, via MSU Archives and Historical Records

In March 1890, William Beal’s Botanical Laboratory burnt to the ground. It had once housed the collections of Professor Beal, and served as a botanical museum. The foundation of the building is marked by a plaque now just east of IM West.  Beal argued for replacement of the building, but proposed that it be placed in the center of campus across the street from his house on Faculty Row. However, this encroached upon the Sacred Space and construction in this area was forbidden (Forsyth 1992). A compromise was reached that the building be placed next to the Horticulture building and part of Laboratory Row. The new Botany Laboratory, referred to as Old Botany today, was built in 1892. This time, Beal made sure it was constructed of brick to prevent future problems.

From the March 17, 1893 issue of the Eagle, the early campus newspaper, we learn that during that month the Physical department received a new camera and it was a ‘beauty’, a new banjo/mandolin/guitar club was created, the Engineering society held their first meeting, and the janitor for the Chemical Laboratory was sick. Interestingly enough, there were complaints of the weather begin in the 20’s- a similar complaint many students today have.

From the March 19, 1912 issue of the MAC Record, there is news of a contest to find the best orator on campus, which was officially given to student Aisenstein who had “a powerful voice and a pleasant manner”. Again, there are reports of bad weather that was interrupting the baseball practice, and there were complaints that the MAC team would go into the season without being properly trained.  A new class in ‘Applied Christianity’ was announced this month- open to all men (the first lecture would be on ‘Our Delinquent Boys’).

Campus Archaeology surveying during the 2010 field school under the MSC smokestack

On March 9, 2011 the Michigan State College smokestack, a landmark on campus that was always questioned due to its large lettering of ‘MSC’ along the side, was demolished. The smokestack was part of the Shaw Lane Powerplant which was previously closed. Its demolition opened up new green space. Prior to this demolition, Campus Archaeology surveyed the area to ensure no archaeological features or artifacts would be lost in the process.

And don’t forget, today officially begins March Madness for MSU, who will be playing against 14th-seeded Valparaiso at 12:15pm! Make sure you’re tuning in and supporting our Spartans!

For more great trivia on MSU, check out the MSU Archives Timeline at onthebanks.msu.edu

Historical Impact of War on Campus

As I continue to collect information from the University Archives about the early sustainability practices on campus, I keep uncovering little snippets of information in pamphlets or handwritten notes that send me on paper chase for more clues. I have been trying to be more diligent about coalescing all these tangents into a readable draft of a paper, but some weeks the detective work gets the best of me and I use my time at the Archives to page through 140 year old pages simply because, well, it’s pretty cool that they are 140 years old. We have a fantastic Archives resource on campus. I’ve recently started  to read some of the Presidents’ Papers collection, which has some truly interesting information that I hope to use to trace the value the university placed on aspects of food and transportation over the first 100 years.

For this blog post, I’ve decided to share another excerpt from the paper draft I am continuing to edit this semester. This section references the impact of wars on the university, both in terms of student involvement and academic response. Enrollment numbers dropped during each war, with increasing spikes in enrollment post-war (especially after World War II). What I find most intriguing is that the university refashioned itself to become part of the national war machine during each conflict (though in markedly different manners throughout the decades).

Civil War

In his recollections of time spent at the college, Henry Haigh noted that in the years 1862 and 1865 there were no graduates, while in 1866 only two students received degrees. The Civil War was making attendance at the fledgling college obsolete, so much so that the Bill to Abolish the College was introduced in the state legislature. The governor did not support the bill, and while attendance was depressed during the first half of President Abbot’s tenure, enrollment gradually rose until it exceeded the capacity of the college. This trend continued, requiring the administration to address accomodation issues.

In 1863, an Act to Establish a Military School at MAC was introduced. The act stated that all arms, accoutrements, books, instruments, and military instructors were to be procured at the expense of the state. Military tactics and engineering were to be taught at the college in order to supplement the war effort.

World War I Memorial, erected 1922, via MSU Archives

World War I

Often, the direction of research at MAC was directly linked with current national or global political affairs. For instance, when the college hosted the 1919 Agricultural Exposition (an annual event), exhibits showcased the response of the state to the war. Production and cost of war munitions, dairy, and meat were specific topics at the wartime exhibition.

In a document detailing the history of the MAC Women’s Club (1916-1918) during World War I (Snyder 1918), Professor AJ Clark advised club members to conserve fuel by closing off rooms, sifting ashes, and combining family households. References to the urgency of the fuel shortage are found throughout the document. In February 1918, the club hosted Mrs. Luther Baker who discussed the scarcity of garden seeds. It was suggested that garden clubs be started with seeds bought from reliable companies. Clearly this focus on gardening and food production illustrates the sustainable practices people were looking toward during wartime. A large meeting on community gardens was recorded, as well as notes on the club’s involvement on a national level with the food conservation program developed by the US Department of Agriculture. Club members found creative methods to deal with food conservation and rationing; for instance, women hosted luncheons at which only foods approved by the government for wartime were prepared. Recipes were exchanged at these luncheons, with each invitee encouraged to host a party of her own. Rather than feel restricted by the government conservation suggestions, club members rallied to effectively build sustainable and healthy communities through food and fuel sharing.

World War II

During World War II, Michigan State College reevaluated academic programs in light of the national war effort. In a release from the Department of Publications to the Detroit Times in 1943, the college stated that, “Whether it be in the classroom or experimental laboratory, every project of research, instruction, and extension is evaluated on the basis of its contribution towards victory.” Sixty campus departments offered classes redesigned to fit the new goals of the country, offering everything from Japanese language courses to mathematics classes in air and marine navigation procedures. Special skills agriculture courses were offered to women to relieve the shortages in farm labor when men were deployed to war. The Physical Education department eliminated activities that did not directly provide “vigorous physical activity” and “recreational features of value to service men in army camps.” Sports such as football, baseball, and basketball were emphasized as these activities were considered to increase competitiveness necessary to win the war. Women in the Home Economics department were entered into special courses in industrial food management designed to train students for managerial positions in large industrial lunch rooms. After the war began, these lunchrooms were established to efficiently feed growing numbers of troops.

Experimental studies were performed by the Home Economics department to streamline food production. One study on carp explored ways of making carp, a widely available fish, more palatable. The food for victory program supported experiments in fruit and vegetable dehydration to more efficiently preserve perishable food items. Specialists from the college worked with Michigan canning factories to determine the best soils for high yields in order to combat food shortages across the country. To counteract the nitrogen limitations imposed by the government, the college began training programs in soil management so that state farmers could produce their own nitrogen by growing mulch and cover crops.

The Animal Husbandry department attempted to control invasive nodular worms in sheep populations through experimental studies. The worm infestation, common in all sheep, compromises the integrity of catgut which was used for surgical sutures in military hospitals. Sheep affected by nodular worms tended to be smaller in size and grew poorer quality wool. Controlling the worms in sheep populations resulted in more meat, better wool for uniforms, and much needed catgut to tend to war wounds.

The publication release highlighted, in detail, the efforts of the college to respond collectively to the war effort. Students were trained in disciplines and skills that were considered necessary to navigate the wartime atmosphere. The unified effort was reflected in the final line of the Department of Publications release: “Only those programs which point directly toward victory are considered a part of Michigan State College today” (pg. 4).

Historic Sustainability and Food Practices at MSU

As I continue to work on the sustainability project, I will be sharing excerpts from the draft that I am writing. Last week I came across a very helpful bound volume detailing receipts for food services from 1864-1874. Dr. Manly Miles kept a ledger of all prices paid for food produced on campus, which allows us to examine how costs and demand changed over this ten year period. Each customer (often, the names of notable faculty members appear!) order was recorded and end of the year costs of the college were declared in these volumes. I am still reading through the script handwriting, which is at times a slow procedure, but I am interested to see how the Civil War impacted the sale of foods on campus.

Below is a portion of the manuscript I am writing on campus sustainability in the past. One section of the paper deals with food and agriculture, so in light of my recent discovery of Dr. Miles ledger, I have decided to share that part of the paper this week:

Serving food at the Union Cafeteria, 1941, via MSU Archives and Historical Records

In 1883, dining clubs were developed to more efficiently feed the growing campus community. These clubs allowed students to pool boarding fees and collectively purchase and prepare food, a portion of which was sourced from the campus farms. During large conferences such as the annual Michigan Farmers’ Institutes, the dining clubs would accomodate campus visitors. Dining clubs continued in Period 3 (1900-1925), with advertisements in the MAC Record demonstrating that at least some meat was beginning to be sourced from local off-campus butchers. Advertisements around the turn of the century also indicate that local eateries were established as a result of a growing student population. Period 3 saw an increase in university extension work with outreach focusing on gardening and food sustainability at the household level.

In a pamphlet for the Michigan Farmers’ Institute meeting of 1910, it is noted that meals could be procured for 25 cents each at the college boarding clubs. Two restaurants supplied food for visitors as well, one of which, called Ye College Inn, was in the basement of Abbot Hall. By 1923, the annual pamphlet for attendees of the Institute noted that meals were widely available on campus at the Women’s Building, Dairy Building, and the Armory, presumably in response to increasing student enrollment. Food service on campus appeared to expand rapidly in the third and fourth periods and by 1951, the union cafeteria was serving meals for one dollar each.

During Period 4 (1925-1955), both the Depression and World War II dramatically affected student life on campus. Many struggled economically with the costs of college and moved off campus to rent inexpensive rooms in town. During these difficult times, MSU faculty and administration encouraged victory gardening. This return to campus-based food sustainability benefitted students who were able to purchase fresh, local foods for as little as $2/week (approximately $33/week today). In 1936, the university began to buy houses intended as co-ops where students could live, budget, and cook together. Historical photographs from this time period show university officials biking to work, clearly promoting fuel conservation during wartime.

In a letter dated May 20, 1929, Professor EL Anthony stated that during his term at the college (1921-1928), there was a general agricultural depression though the dairy industry did not suffer as greatly as livestock and grains production. Anthony noted that prior to 1925, the dairymen in Michigan had produced all products required by state consumers. Additionally, a number of dairy products were exported out of the state, especially butter. After 1925, the demands of the consumers surpassed the dairy production operations in Michigan and it became necessary to import dairy products.

 

Researching Historic MSU Dissertations

The Emblem of the Michigan Agricultural College, via MSU Archives and Historical Records

This semester, I have been searching the MSU Library for resources that would potentially be useful to the Campus Archaeology Program.  I have been working on creating a database that contains a list of Michigan State University theses and dissertations of which some aspect of MSU was the subject of study.  With the help of folks from the MSU Special Collections, I have been searching for theses and dissertations using specific keywords, including “Michigan Agricultural College,” “College Campus,” and “East Lansing”.  Based on the titles that have emerged as a result of my inquiries, I’ve been able to gain insight into the various topics and themes that have been studied throughout MSU’s history.

At the turn of the 20th century, for example, several works were published on the “spring activity” of plants, shrubs, and trees throughout the M.A.C. campus (e.g. McCue 1901), which offer precise records on the timing of leaving and flowering.  In the 19-teens and 1920’s, students studied rainfall rates, floods, and other water-related topics, such as:

A Sanitary Survey of the Grand River (Milroy, Claude B. 1916)

A Study of the Rainfall & Floods at East Lansing, Michigan (Hayes, George R. 1918)

The Use & Wastes of Water on the Michigan State College Campus (Patterson, Andrew H. 1928)

A Study of the Yield of the Campus Wells (Dawson, James H. 1926)

Also in the 1920’s (and into the 1940’s), research into structural and structural engineering topics related to buildings and roads were quite abundant, such as:

Plans & specifications for proposed road on Michigan State College campus (Beeman, Wilber 1926)

The Michigan State College Property Boundary from the Southeast Corner of Pinetum Woods to the Intersection of Grand River Avenue & Abbott Road (Gallis, George 1935)

Design of Michigan State’s Campus Airport (Shelberg, Edward 1942)

The Design of a Campus Road (Knapp, Henry 1947)

A Traffic Analysis of Michigan State College Campus (Moulton, Charles 1947)

A Traffic Control Plan for East Lansing (Mulholland, John 1947)

In the 1930’s, several dissertations on campus monuments were published, including:

Campus Monument Survey (Aldrich, James 1935)

Vertical Elevations of Campus Monuments (Van Atta, Ward 1937)

In the 1970’s, several dissertations were produced which highlighted activism on MSU’s campus during the previous decade.  Research into activism, as it occurred on our campus, can potentially shed light on which spaces were used for particular events.

Student Activism at Michigan State University During the Decade of the 1960’s (White, Katherine 1972)

Black Student Activism at Michigan State University September, 1967 to June 30, 1972 (Winston, Eric 1973)

Additional dissertation and thesis titles that could help better inform our campus’ past include:

Food Consumption Study of a Randomized Sample of Twenty Young Married Student Couples Occupying Living Quarters on Michigan State College Campus (Johnson, Jean 1952)

The Controversy Over the Location of Michigan Agricultural College (McGoff, John 1956)

Wives of Foreign Students: Their Problems in Home Management (Lieberman, Leslie 1965)

They Came Before Us: A Story of Women at Michigan State University 1870 – 1895 (Weber, Christy 2004)

Stay tuned for more updates as I continue to compile my database!

 

New School Year on a Historic Campus

CAP field school student excavate 

It’s the beginning of a new school year here at Michigan State University. Even though Campus Archaeology has been hard at work all summer, we are excited for the upcoming fall semester. We have a new batch of graduate researchers and undergraduate interns starting up a number of projects to research and interpret prior archaeological work done on campus, and also help find new ways of connecting our work to the community.

Those of you who are new to the university, MSU has a rich archaeological heritage beneath the current campus. MSU was founded in 1855, and the remains of the original campus buildings are still being found. Campus Archaeology not only protects and excavates the historic campus, but we also have a large body of resources for you to learn more about them.

Read our reports about the archaeological work done on campus: Campus Archaeology Research

Learn about the first dormitory on campus: Saints’ Rest: A Story of Student Life at MSU

Check in at historic campus buildings using FourSquare: MSU Campus Archaeology

Take a historic tour of campus through Gowalla, a mobile phone application: Michigan Agricultural College Tour

Check out photos from the summer fieldwork: MSU Campus Archaeologist on Flickr

Watch our videos on our excavations and surveys on YouTube: MSU Campus Archaeologist Channel

Follow us on Twitter to keep up to date on what’s going on: @capmsu

Like us on Facebook: @capmsu

We’re looking forward to a new year, and hope that you will become involved with MSU’s history and archaeology.