Logo West Chester University 150 years from 1871-2021

WCU 150: History and Heritage

September 17, 2021 – April 23, 2022

relating to the one-hundred-and-fiftieth anniversary of a significant event.

Visit our virtual exhibition below

The 2021-2022 school year marks West Chester University’s sesquicentennial anniversary, 150 years of excellence in scholarship, community, and academic engagement.

Learn what it is to be a Golden Ram by exploring our rich history—from our origins as a public Normal School forming elementary teachers, to a state teacher’s college in the roaring 20s, to the largest comprehensive, public liberal arts university in Pennsylvania.

Discover our heritage through hundreds of artifacts that showcase the people and events that have made WCU what it is today, focusing on teaching and learning, student life and culture,and diversity and inclusion.

And leave your own mark by depositing your favorite objects that speak to today’s experiences in an interactive time capsule that will be opened on our next big anniversary!

Like our society in which we live, West Chester University has changed significantly in the past 150 years. But what hasn’t changed is our dedication to student success, the cultivation of inquisitive minds, our dedication to human expression, and our formation of engaged citizens of tomorrow.

Exhibition sponsored by

WCU Alumni Association logo

Watch the ribbon Cutting

Watch the opening ceremony and ribbon cutting by WCU President Christopher Fiorentino and Museum Director Michael A. Di Giovine


Curator: Michael A. Di Giovine, Ph.D.
Exhibition Designer: Thomas Haughey, MFA
Student co-curators: Michael Cassidy, Ellery Coleman, Ciara DeMelo, Kat Godfrey, Brian Labows, Allison Magerr, Maddie Maychak, Chelsey Moore, Sadie Patterson, Sarah Scarborough, Aaron Stoyack, Ashley Wallen, Jasper Wilson, Julia Zahm
Exhibition sponsored by: WCU Alumni Association
Additional support by: Chester County History Center, Delaware Museum of Natural History, LaSalle University Museum of Art, Metropolitan Flag and Banner, C and R Glass
WCU 150 Emblem Design: David Jones, Dept. Art + Design
Virtual Exhibition Support: Office of Digital Learning and Innovation

WCU 150 in the News


Enter the Virtual Exhibition

Click on the + for instructions on how to navigate the 3D map, and click the arrow to enter


Student co-curator Aaron Stoyack conducted grant-funded research collecting candid oral histories from faculty, administrators, alumni and students about their experiences with diversity and inclusion at WCU over the years.

Explore the Oral Histories


Along all four walls of the exhibition space is an inspiring timeline of the major events that has shaped WCU into what it is today.

Explore Our Timeline

Thematic Tour and Lecture Series

Throughout our Sesquicentennial year, the Museum and Alumni Association have partnered to provide thematic tours of the exhibitions that feature behind-the-scenes visits and exclusive lectures by important guest speakers from the WCU community.

Explore Our Thematic Tour and Lecture Series