Harvard History

Monday, May 23, 2011

Statue of three lies

So I watched the "Social Network" movie for the 2nd time and I came across this scene where they're at this fraternity initiation ritual and they're standing next to Harvard's statue of three lies and it came across my mind that it'd be nice to write an article about this old and prestigious college.

New College

New College or Harvard, back in the day
Harvard was founded in 1636 by vote of the Great and General Court of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, making it the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Initially called "New College" or "the college at New Towne", the institution was renamed Harvard College on March 13, 1639. It was named after John Harvard, a young English clergyman from Southwark, London, an alumnus of the University of Cambridge, where he recieved his Bachelor of Arts degree, who bequeathed the College his library of four hundred books and £779 pounds sterling, which was half of his estate.
Harvard is one of the nine institutions chartered in the American Colonies called The Colonial Colleges. Seven of the nine colonial colleges are part of the Ivy League athletic conference: Harvard, Yale, Penn, Princeton, Columbia, Brown, and Dartmouth. The two colonial colleges not in the Ivy League are now both public universities—The College of William & Mary and Rutgers University, the state university of New Jersey.  Harvard's history, influence, and wealth have made it one of the most prestigious universities in the world.