Clarkson University Pennant (Circa 1920)
Clarkson University pennant from 1920 when the school was called Clarkson College of Technology or “Clarkson Tech” for short as represented by this pennant. I can’t think of a better gift for the upcoming graduate or current alumnus. We can also frame for an additional fee and will consult directly with you about framing options. I have never seen a better example from the University and the sewn on letters give it the vintage look you never see in today’s college book stores. A true work of art!
Approx. 30 Inches long not including tassels…
The school was founded in 1896, funded by the sisters of Thomas S. Clarkson, a local entrepreneur who was accidentally killed while working in his sandstone quarry not far from Potsdam. When a worker was in danger of being crushed by a loose pump, Clarkson pushed him out of the way risking his own life. Clarkson was crushed against a wall by the swinging pump, sustaining severe internal injuries. He died five days later. The Clarkson family realized great wealth in the development of such quarries, and Potsdam sandstone was highly sought after by developers of townhouses in New York City and elsewhere. The family were important benefactors in the Potsdam area. The school was called the Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial School of Technology.
Old Main, 2009
Clarkson University Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, N.Y., 2016
In 1913, the name was changed to Thomas S. Clarkson Memorial College of Technology, which was used in a shortened version as Clarkson College of Technology or CCT. During the first half of the 20th century the majority of the campus was located “downtown”. The campus slowly expanded to an area known as the “Hill”, located on the south-western edge of the village. As of 2001, almost all academics and housing had moved to the hill campus, although the university still uses the downtown buildings known as Old Snell and Old Main for administrative functions.
On February 24, 1984, the school officially became Clarkson University, although the pep band’s rallying cry at hockey games is still “Let’s Go Tech!”. The school and its hockey team have carried the nickname “Tech” since the 1896 founding. “CCT” is still printed on older school property and equipment.
On Feb. 1, 2016, Union Graduate College merged into Clarkson University and became the Clarkson University Capital Region Campus in Schenectady, N.Y.