The history of the barracks

photo courtesy of Tim SnyderCarlye Lay with a halo preparing to throw a pot in the barracks. In the years shortly after the establishment of New College, the various army barracks that scattered the land where the Dort and Goldstein dormitories stand today housed Physical…

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The Ringling estate before NCF

The entrance view from the first steps outside the Ringling mansion. All photos courtesy of New College of Florida Archives. New College of Florida was established as a private liberal arts college in 1960 but only joined the State University System as a public institution—as…

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Wrangling with Thanksgiving’s problematic history
Photo courtesy of Elaine Thompson Ruth Sims, a Navajo/Oglala Sioux, holds a sign during a demonstration for Indigenous Peoples Day in Seattle.

Wrangling with Thanksgiving’s problematic history

So goes the popular tale of Thanksgiving: the Pilgrims and the Native Americans came together for a “peaceful meal” to give thanks for their bountiful harvest, friendship and survival. Recognition of the indigenous struggle is a step toward understanding the complexities of history beyond this…

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47th St. House: A New College legend

There exists a house that is near and dear to the hearts of generations of New College graduates. Many current students know of the house and some frequent it still. Those who have heard of it know quirky facts about the place, like about the…

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The Feminist sit-in turned sleep-in

With only about 50 years and 5,000 alums under our belt, I’m frequently taken aback by the immense, enthralling and unique history our tiny college possesses. While browsing through New College’s digital and physical archives, moments arise when I imagine our campus as a series…

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No Joke: The history of April Fools Day

  Celebrated by many cultures for centuries as “All Fools’ Day,” the precise origins of April Fools’ Day are still a mystery to many. According to some historians, the prankster holiday began in 1582 when the France switched from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian…

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