History of Vassar College

The façade of the Vassar’s third building, the Calisthenium and Riding Academy (1867), survives as the entrance to the main theater in the Vogelstein Center for Drama and Film (2003). Read about the original calisthenium here.

The Vassar Encyclopedia project is an online work in progress under the direction of Vassar's College Historian, Dean Emeritus of the College and Professor Emeritus of English Colton Johnson. The project's goal is to present lively, accurate, and informative articles relating to the college and its history, of varying length and on diverse topics, written by a wide array of authors. Information about the project is available in the Preface and in the Guide to the Encyclopedia.