Physical Training Basement - Room G


Physical Training Basement - Room G
This image depicts a group of male students participating in a Physical Training session, which was held in the basement of the Old Main building. In the winter of 1892-93, when this image would have been taken, Austin George urged the State Legislature to appropriate funding for a gymnasium building. After Professors Sill, Barbour, and George took several trips to Lansing to pitch their idea to the Legislature, $20,000 was appropriated for the construction of the building which was dedicated on May 18, 1894 (Putnam). The Normal School was the first college in the country to offer teacher training in physical education courses.
Gibson Studio
Black-and-white photography, Exercise, Men, Physical education and training
Michigan State Normal School, Ypsilanti, MI