Bicentennial Celebrations

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Bicentennial celebrations marked by the College of William and Mary include the American Revolution, John Marshall, Treaty of Paris, and others.


Material in the Special Collections Research Center

In the Flat Hat, William & Mary News, and Alumni Gazette:

American Revolution:

  • Nancy Norman, student representative of college committee, seeks suggestions from students for celebration WMN, 2/13/1973, pg. 3.
  • Planning underway AG, March 1973, pg. 2.
  • Planning committee report WMN, 6/5/1973, pg. 5.
  • Ross Weeks appointed chairman of celebration committee WMN, 9/4/1973, pg. 3.
  • Theme: Alma Mater of a Nation AG, Nov. 1973, pg. 3.
  • Meeting of Planning Committee WMN, 4/2/1974, pg. 3.
  • Student Idea Contest ends WMN, 4/9/1974, pg. 3.
  • College to record its oral history WMN, 9/10/1974, pg. 1.
  • F. Joachim Weyl to speak WMN, 11/5/1974, pg. 1.
  • W&M named Bicentennial Community WMN, 1/7/1975, pg. 2.
  • College named official Bicentennial Community AG, Feb. 1975, pg. 1.
  • V. Dabney makes bicentennial address at Charter Day ceremony WMN, 2/8/1975, pg. 3.
  • President Graves' remarks on selection of W&M as bicentennial campus WMN, 2/11/1975, pg. 3.
  • American literature conference planned AG, June 1975, pg. 2, cover.
  • College plans AG, June 1975, pg. 3.
  • College gives students, staff, alumni bicen. bumper stickers WMN, 7/22/1975, pg. 3.
  • W&M designated as bicentennial college FH, 9/12/1975, pg. 3.
  • 18th century science project AG, June 1976, cover.
  • Bicentennial Minutes taped AG, Feb. 1976, pg. 8 (pictures).
  • Bicen. youth debates asks for volunteer judges WMN, 3/23/1976, pg. 4.
  • Wren building featured on Wmsbg-James City County Bicen. Commemorative Medallion WMN, 5/4/1976, pg. 3.
  • Wren building bell to peal at 2 PM July 4th WMN, 6/29/1976, pg. 1.
  • Female cyclist ends cross-country ride here FH, 9/17/1976, pg. 2.
  • Article summing up year by M. McGiffert WMN, 12/14/1976, pg. 7.
  • "Year in Review:" essays and pictures WMN, 1/18/1977, pg. 3-5.

Bicentennial Debates:

  • Debates AG, May 1976, pg. 3 (pictures).
  • Here now WMN, 2/10/1981, pg. 7.

Treaty of Paris:

  • Program marks Treaty of Paris WMN, 8/30/1983, pg. 1.
  • Yorktown Day features special ballon visit WMN, 10/18/1983, pg. 8.

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