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SUNY Potsdam's Nearly 200-Year History Documented with Photographs in Arcadia Publishing Book

Nearly 200 years of SUNY Potsdam history are documented in photographs in a title set to be published in Arcadia Publishing’s Campus History series. Authored by SUNY Potsdam alumnae Jane M. Subramanian ’72 and Virginia Rose Cayey ’60, the book boasts more than 200 vintage images and memories of days gone by. The SUNY Potsdam history book will be released on Jan. 9, 2012. The State University of New York at Potsdam is recognized by SUNY as the oldest unit of all of its 64 campuses. The college traces its roots to the St. Lawrence Academy, founded in Potsdam in 1816, and the campus has an extensive and rich history. The training of future teachers has been a strong emphasis since the academy days, and The Crane School of Music, formally established by Julia E. Crane in 1886, is known as the birthplace of American music education. As the campus expanded its degree offerings, The School of Arts and Sciences built a strong program in its own right. SUNY Potsdam’s distinctive cultural traditions, along with athletic and other activities, complete the College’s fascinating story. The transitions from St. Lawrence Academy to Potsdam Normal School to Potsdam State Teacher’s College, and finally to SUNY Potsdam, are all documented. Highlights of The State University of New York at Potsdam history book: •  The early years as the St. Lawrence Academy •  Academics, places, athletics, recreation and student life •  Moving forward as Potsdam State Teachers College and SUNY •  The new campus and its expansion •  Traditions of teacher education Jane M. Subramanian and Virginia Rose Cayey, both graduates of SUNY Potsdam, searched carefully through the many photographs contained in the SUNY Potsdam College Archives and Special Collections for the content of this work, which provides a sense of the College, its people, and its impact in the state and throughout the nation. Subramanian served as a librarian at the College for many years, including as college archivist from 1997 through 2011. Cayey served as a public school music teacher from 1960 to 1993. All royalties from the sale of the book will be directed to help support the SUNY Potsdam College Archives & Special Collections, which houses extensive collections in various formats documenting the history of the College. The book will go on sale on Jan. 9, 2012 and will be available at area bookstores, independent retailers and online retailers, or through Arcadia Publishing at or (888) 313-2665. The book will also be offered for sale at the SUNY Potsdam College Bookstore, located in the Barrington Student Union. Arcadia Publishing is the leading publisher of local and regional history in the United States. Its mission is to make history accessible and meaningful through the publication of books on the heritage of America’s people and places. The State University of New York at Potsdam history book can be found online at To find out more about SUNY Potsdam history, visit Founded in 1816, and located on the outskirts of the beautiful Adirondack Park, The State University of New York at Potsdam is one of America’s first 50 colleges. SUNY Potsdam currently enrolls approximately 4,350 undergraduate and graduate students. Home to the world-renowned Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam is known for its handcrafted education, challenging liberal arts and sciences core, excellence in teacher training and leadership in the performing and visual arts.

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