'City College of New York: Harvard-on-the-Hudson' Webinar

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If you visit the Manhattan neighborhood of Hamilton Heights, you'll stumble upon a college campus reminiscent of Hogwarts from the Harry Potter series. Though while you won't find any magic spell classes on the schedule or quidditch matches being played, you will discover one of the most architecturally impressive university campuses in the nation — one that boasts a Rolodex of extremely accomplished graduates ranging from 10 Nobel Prize laureates to famed American public servants like Colin Powell and Henry Kissinger. It's time to virtually explore the magical "Harvard-on-the-Hudson" and its nearly 200 years of world-class public education.

Join New York Adventure Club for a digital showcase of the historic City College of New York (CCNY): long considered the "poor man's Harvard," City College of New York was the first public higher education institution in New York City, and has been dedicated to the access to excellence since 1847.

Led by the Historian on the Architecture Alumni Board, Dalton Whiteside, our digital journey through this majestic campus will include:

  • A brief history of Hamilton Heights, the Manhattan neighborhood that was once home to orphan asylums, theatres, and even a concert stadium
  • The origin story of CCNY, which was founded by Townsend Harris, a wealthy businessman and president of the Board of Education
  • Historic and modern photos of the 1907 college and its iconic Neo-Gothic buildings, which boast over 1,000 unique grotesques and gargoyles (more than anywhere else in the country!)
  • A look at its many historic spaces, including the bell tower, clock tower, famed Great Hall, and secret abandoned tunnels underneath the campus
  • Historic archival film footage offering a rare glimpse into the history of CCNY throughout the years

Afterward, we'll have a Q&A with Dalton — any and all questions about CCNY are welcomed and encouraged!

Can't make it live? Don't worry, you'll have access to the full replay for one week!

See you there, virtually!

*Immediately upon registering, you will receive a separate, automated email containing the link to join this webinar

**For the best possible viewing experience, please ensure you're using the latest version of your internet browser — Google Chrome is the most compatible. Exact technical requirements and a webinar user guide will be shared in the automated confirmation email upon registration.

***A full replay of the experience will be available to all registered guests for up to a week


"Dalton is so informative. Even though I previously took two MAS tours with him, I still learned more about City College. And seeing the old photos was an added bonus." -Katherine

"The videos were good and the presenter obviously knew his stuff." -John

"Very interesting history, Dalton was very engaging" -Anastasia

"Dalton's presentation was very enjoyable & extremely thorough, I learned a lot!" -Mary

"Dalton is an informed and compelling presenter." -Dave

"The presenter's knowledge was unbelievable, and he provided excellent archival photos and even videos. His narration was excellent; he was so likable. And I also liked the chat happening off to the side. Everyone was so nice. It created a little online community" -Barbara

"I love City College and didn't know all of these interesting facts. Dalton was awesome!" -Kathleen

"Very interesting virtual tour and the presenter (Dalton Whiteside) was so knowledgeable about the campus history throughout the years. Really excellent!" -Heather

"I live right near City College and have been exploring it on my bike for a few weeks during the quarantine and I was dying to know more about the cool old buildings. This definitely gave me what I was looking for!" -Nora

"I liked his knowledge and photographs and film clips. He loves architecture, knows his stuff and is modest and not full of himself." -Theresa


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