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A Princeton Seminary Timeline   1962 – 1999

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1962              

Center of Continuing Education begun in Adams House. Princeton Theological Seminary Sesquicentennial celebrated. Karl Barth visits Princeton Theological Seminary.


 

1963              

Visit of Russian churchmen touring the U.S. under National Council of Churches sponsorship


 

1964              

Edward F. Gallahue World Religions Conference on Interfaith and Intercultural Communication. PCUS affirms the ordination of women as ministers of the Word and Sacrament.


 

1965              

Beating death of Seminary alumnus James Reeb (’53). A number of Seminary faculty and students join Selma-Montgomery March for Civil Rights. Apartment complex on Route One acquired at sheriff’s sale for married student housing (later named Charlotte Rachel Wilson Apartments). Seminary acquires old Borough Hall property adjacent to Speer Library.


 

1966              

Seminary breaks ground for new heating and maintenance center


 

1967              

UPCUSA Confession of 1967 written by committee chaired by Princeton Seminary professor Edward Dowey. Book of Confessions published. Freda Gardner is promoted to assistant professor of Christian education with tenure, becoming the first tenured female professor.


 

1970              

The PTS Women’s Center, a place for the women of the community to discuss common goals and concerns, is founded


 

1971              

Erdman Hall dedicated. Pilot for D.Min. program announced. Edler Garnet Hawkins joins the Seminary faculty as Princeton’s first full-time African-American professor.


 

1972              

Formation of the Presbyterian Church in America


 

1979              

World Conference on Religion and Peace held at Princeton Theological Seminary


 

1982              

Creation of the Center of Theological Inquiry for post-doctoral advanced researchcti_50w.jpg


 

1983              

Thomas W. Gillespie named fifth President of Princeton Theological Seminary TWG50w.jpg

UPCUSA and PCUS reunited to form Presbyterian Church, USA.


 

1987              

Seminary offers its first computer-related course, “The Bible and the Computer.” Ground is broken for Templeton Hall.


 

1989              

Kyung-Chik Han Chair in Systematic Theology, first chair given to an American seminary in honor of an Asian Christian, is endowed. Professor Sang H. Lee appointed to the chair.Kyung_Chik_Han50w.jpg


 

1994              

Henry Luce III Library is dedicated


 

1995              

Institute for Youth Ministry established. Carol Gray Dupree Center for Children opened.


 

1997              

Center for Barth Studies established. Witherspoon Apartments opened.


 

1998              

Abraham Kuyper Prize and Lecture are established. Redesigned and renovated Erdman Hall opened.erdman-50w.jpg


 

1999              

Hispanic Theological Initiative invited to make Princeton Theological Seminary campus its home


 

For a short narrative history of Princeton Theological Seminary, as well as portraits, historic photographs, and writings by early Princeton Seminary authors, see the Special Collections website: http://digital.library.ptsem.edu