by David Hoffman and Craig Berger
Here are two photos taken from the same spot on the first day of classes at UMBC. On September 19, 1966, students arriving for the first day of classes crossed a dirt gully and walked past the Multi-Purpose Building (later known as Gym 1) on their way to the Academic Building (later--and now--known as Biological Sciences). The spot where the photographer stood in 1966 is now on the Commons Terrace. You can see Lecture Hall 1 in both photos.
First day of classes: September 19, 1966 (source: UMBC's Skipjack yearbook, 1968, in the Albin O. Kuhn Library & Gallery Digital Collections)
First day of classes: August 31, 2016.
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