1871 – Oshkosh State Teachers College Founded

On this date the Oshkosh State Teachers College was founded. Formally known as the Oshkosh Normal School, the new institution was destined to become a leader in the state’s teacher-training institution. Its objectives were to train thousands of teachers and contribute to Wisconsin leadership in education. In the fall of 1871, under school president President George S. Albee, the college convened for the first time. Albee personally interviewed the 43 students who attended to make sure they met his personal demands in academics and morals. The school was free of charge to any student who had aspirations of teaching in public schools. There was, however, a $1 book-rental fee per term, as well as a $4 weekly fee for room and board. [Source: ]