Sickness through the centuries: How Lafayette handled outbreaks from the Spanish flu to the swine flu

The COVID-19 pandemic is far from the first outbreak that Lafayette has faced throughout its history. How the College and the Lehigh Valley handled this pandemic and all pandemics past has been recorded and archived by both the College Archivist, Elaine Stomber, and the Northampton County Historical and Genealogical Society, headquartered on Northampton Street. From […]

Lafayette’s journey from all-male to co-ed: the first female students’ experiences

Yesterday was International Women’s Day, and protests and marches to show solidarity among women occurred around the world. At Lafayette, achieving diversity has been a struggle for women and other minorities. Breaking the barriers meant taking the heat, according to the Oral History Project (OHP) sponsored by the college. Though Lafayette has nearly the same […]

Black history at Lafayette is rich, but goals to achieve more diversity persevere

Lafayette is not known for its diversity, but sparingly, students of color are dipped in the college’s history. This does not mean, however, that Lafayette is a model of inclusiveness and diversity, according to some students of color on campus. While Lafayette’s record may be lacking students of color, black history is complex and engrained […]

From Zete House to 49 South College: 107-year-old building transforms

The Zeta Psi House is 107 years old. It was built to be a home for a fraternity, but it has become a source of history for the college and the Easton community. The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in May 2001, a designation given to buildings across the country that are “worthy of preservation,” according to […]

Portlock through the years: Students fought to establish ‘Black House’ in 1970

The Portlock Black Cultural Center (PBCC), now located at 101 McCartney Street on College Hill, was not always where it stands today. Before the PBCC, students used a converted classroom in Watson Hall as a Black Activities Lounge, according to a statement released by Lafayette’s Office of Public Information on April 13, 1970. In the […]

Possible new future for historic Hillel House

In addition to several new buildings and 400 more students, the college announced over the summer that the ground under the Hillel House may be transformed. Part of the plans may include tearing down the Hillel House, Portlock Black Culture Center and Newman House to build new dorm buildings and a parking lot. The Hillel House was founded […]

Race and diversity in Lafayette’s history: Looking back at the history of Lafayette’s black students

Questions of race and diversity continue to be debated on college campuses across the country. In celebration of Black History Month, The Lafayette dug through the college archives to examine the long history of black students on campus to highlight their struggles and triumphs throughout the years, starting from Lafayette’s very first class. Lafayette College […]