The Lancaster County Normal Institute opened April 10, 1855 as a 12 week session “to improve the teachers of Commons Schools” that included lectures, recitations, and practice in the Model School. (Catalogue, 1855). The School then expanded to become the Lancaster County Normal School with classes beginning November 5, 1855. J.P. Wickersham was hired as the Principal, replacing J.F. Stoddard who had been the principal of the Institute. The Normal School evolved and eventually was known as Millersville State Teachers College, Millersville State College and finally Millersville University.
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Millersville State Normal School always had a Principal as the head, from 1855 until 1928 when it became Millersville State Teachers College. From 1928 to the present, the head of the College or University has gone by the title of President.
The stained glass windows were once only located in the Chapel and the Library. When the chapel was torn down in the late 1960s, the windows that were there were preserved and are now located in buildings throughout campus. The library was renovated and is now the Biemesderfer Executive Center where the stained glass windows remain.
From the Normal School to the University, Millersville has made significant contributions at the local, regional, state, national, and international level. This university timeline highlights individuals, events, and significant dates in Millersville’s history.