Rider – The First 99 Years

Posted on Sep 17, 2009

Rider – The First 99 Years
September 17 – November 15, 2009
Gallery 4
Opening reception Thursday, September 17, 6 – 8 p.m.
Guest Speaker Dr. Walter Brower, Professor Emeritus, Rider University
Lecture by Dr. Brower and Robert Congleton, Archivist, Rider University, October 25, 2009, 2:00 p.m.

Originally founded in 1865 by the Bryant, Stratton and Whitney chain of business colleges as the Trenton Business College, the school became Rider College in 1921. Rider College called Trenton home until 1964, when it left the City to relocate in nearby Lawrenceville.

The initial curriculum provided students with skills needed by the Trenton business community for its growing economy. The introduction of a “business teacher” program enabled Rider to educate and train future business leaders at the secondary school level, increasing its importance to Trenton’s business community.

StudentLifeDocuments and artifacts from its 1865 beginnings through its 1964 move to a new campus in Lawrenceville will show the evolution of Rider from a small for-profit business school to a non-profit college offering degrees in business, education and liberal arts. The exhibit focuses on important moments in Rider’s history, the people who owned and governed the college, the evolution of its curriculum, Rider’s relationship to Trenton businesses, student life, athletics, and the move to Lawrenceville.

The displays feature pictures, documents, memorabilia and artifacts. Some of the more notable artifacts are typewriters from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, photographs of Rider’s first graduating class in 1867, as well as early diplomas.

Although Rider began its relocation to the Lawrenceville campus in 1959 and closed its Trenton campus in 1964, the school retains strong ties with its original home city. This exhibition invites students, faculty and alumni to learn about the history of this venerable educational institution as it evolved from a small business school to a modern university.

Professor Walter Brower will speak briefly at the opening reception. He and Rider archivist Robert Congleton will give a lecture on Sunday, October 25, at 2:00 p.m..