Scrapbook on the Van Rensselaer Dormitory cornerstone laying
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Sara ("Sallie") Rozet Drexel was born 1860, the fourth child of Anthony J. and Ellen R. Drexel. She married John R. Fell in 1879. They had five children together: Amanda, Ellen, Mae, Francis and John. After John Fell's death, Sara married Alexander Van Rensselaer, founder of the Philadelphia Orchestra and President of the Board of the Drexel Institute. Sara died in 1929. The Sara Drexel Van Rensselaer Dormitory on Drexel Institute's campus was named in her honor to commemorate her charity work, it was dedicated in 1931.
This scrapbook contains newspaper clippings and photographs from May of 1931 which report on the ceremony for the cornerstone of the Sara Drexel Van Rensselaer Dormitory for Women on Drexel Institute's campus. The clippings describe the ceremony’s major contributors, including: Former Senator George Wharton Pepper as the speaker; Cyrus H.K. Curtis, who contributed 300,000 dollars to the project; Dr. Kenneth G. Matheson, President of Drexel Institute; Alexander Van Rensselaer, widower of Sara Drexel and President of the Board of Trustees.
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