• Louis Armstrong at Hartwick
  • Awakening Program
  • 1977 NCAA Championship Soccer Team
  • Charlotte Miller

Historical Timeline of Hartwick College




1746: John Christopher Hartwick arrives in America to serve as a Lutheran minister for the German settlers.

1761: Hartwick obtains a patent for 21,500 acres on the Susquehanna River in New York State.

1796: John Christopher Hartwick dies at Clermont Manor, the home of Robert R. Livingston.

1797: The executors of Hartwick's estate meet in New York City, the Hartwick Seminary is established, Reverend John Christopher Kunze is named director and begins teaching theology at his home in New York City.


1804: Construction of the Seminary building begins in Albany, but is soon halted due to disagreements regarding estate funds.

1807: John Christopher Kunze dies, leaving Hartwick Seminary with neither a director nor a building.

1811: John G. Knauff becomes executor of the Hartwick estate, and decides to establish the Seminary on Hartwick's Patent in Otsego County.

1815: Construction of the Seminary is completed, and classes begin with Ernest Lewis Hazelius as principal and professor of theology.

1816: The Regents of the State of New York grant Hartwick Seminary a charter, establishing it as both a classical academy and theological seminary.

1831-32: Isaac Newton Arnoldis enrolled as a student at Hartwick Seminary.

1839: The Seminary temporarily closes due to a decline in enrollment.

1841: The renovated Seminary reopens, now providing room and board accommodations for students.

1851: Charlotte Miller becomes the first female teacher. 27 women are admitted as students into the Academy.

1853: The Board of Regents authorizes Hartwick to prepare students to teach in district public schools.

1866: Hartwick celebrates its semi-centennial, recognizing the incorporation date of 1816.

1867: The Seminary building closes for reconstruction. Theological classes are held in Professor George Miller's home.

1869: A new and much larger structure accommodates the reopening of the Seminary.

1888: Courses constituting the freshman year of college are added to the Academy curriculum.

1897: Hartwick celebrates its centennial.


1902: The Seminary installs indoor plumbing.

1912: Alumnus Andrew B. Yetter donates funds for a gymnasium.

1916: The Seminary is wired for electricity.

1924: The seminarians demand a change in administration during the "Student Strike of 1924."

1927: The Oneonta Chamber of Commerce offers $200,000 and land suitable for the construction of a college. A Greater Hartwick, A Greater Oneonta" campaign begins.

1928: Charles Myers is appointed first president of Hartwick College. Ground is broken for the first building on the Hartwick College campus, and classes are temporarily held at the Walling Mansion near downtown Oneonta.

1929: Hartwick College's first permanent building opens for classes in December. Originally known as Science Hall, it is later renamed Bresee Hall.

1930: The College Board of Trustees chooses Wellesley blue and white as Hartwick's official colors.

1931: Hartwick College is granted a permanent charter from the New York Board of Regents.

1932: The first College Commencement is held at the First Methodist Episcopal Church.

1939: Henry Arnold becomes the first layman to head any of the Hartwick institutions--Seminary, Academy, or College.

1943: Hartwick is selected to train members of the Cadet Nurses Corps for duty in the armed services or in public health.

1946: The School of Nursing holds its first graduation exercises.

1949: The College receives accreditation from the Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.

1950: The north wing of the College's second building - Religion and Arts - is completed. Three years later the south wing is added and in 1959 it is renamed Arnold Hall.

1950: The Board of Trustees votes to discontinue football.

1954: Dewar Hall opens as the first on-campus women's dormitory.

1958: Louis Armstrong performs before a capacity audience at Hartwick.

1960: Hartwick's Junior Year Abroad Program begins.

1963: Thornwood becomes the official residence of the president.

1965: Students lobby for a stronger voice in student policies and regulations.

1969: Dr. Benjamin Spock speaks on "Vietnam and Civil Disobedience."

1968: Hartwick College severs official ties with the Lutheran Church.

1969: The first computer, an IBM 1300, arrives on campus.

1969: WRHO - Campus Radio begins broadcasting.

1970: Hundreds of Hartwick students and faculty protest the war in Southeast Asia during a rally for peace.

1971: Hartwick College purchases Pine Lake.

1971: Alex Haley discusses "Black Heritage" at Parent's Weekend.

1973: Construction of Anderson Center for the Arts is completed.

1977: The men's soccer team wins the NCAA Division I Championship.

1979: Guest speaker Charles Kuralt discusses the 'Real' America.

1980: Jerry Rubin talks about changes in America before a capacity crowd at Hartwick.

1985: The first "Awakening" orientation program is held.

1988: Guest speaker Ralph Nader criticizes Reaganomics and the power elite.

1988: Curriculum XXI is initiated - preparing Hartwick students for the 21st century.

1990: Angela Davis speaks about "Race, Gender and Class."

1991: The Board of Trustees reinstates football.

1993: The first notebook computers are issued to the freshman class.

1994: The Sondhi Limthongkul Center for Interdependence opens.

1995: The new campus network links Hartwick to the world.

1995: Two new residence halls open.

1995: Guest speaker Ellen Goodman discusses value judgments.

1997: Hartwick College celebrates its bicentennial.

1999: Construction begins on the renovation and expansion of Miller Science Building that was renamed the Johnstone Science Center Complex and Miller Hall in honor of John W. Johnstone '54, H'90. 


2004: Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts, III, pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City and president of SUNY Old Westbury gives the address at Opening Convocation and is awarded an honorary degree for his distinguished service to society.

2005: The First Annual Oh Fest, a street fair and concert organized by Hartwick and SUCO students, is held in downtown Oneonta.

2008: Golisano Hall is completed. It is Hartwick's first LEED Certified Building.

2008: Hartwick adopts its Liberal Arts in Practice Educational Curriculum.

2008: Hartwick holds its first Annual Student Scholar Showcase, celebrating the broad scholarship of Hartwick Students in a remarkable variety of displays, demonstrations, panels, posters, presentations, and performances.

2008: Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich is inaugurated as Hartwick’s first woman president. A weekend of events celebrated Dr. Drugovich’s presidency, as well as Hartwick’s mission. Based upon the inaugural theme, “Think It. Feel It. Find It. Know It. Hartwick,” the weekend’s activities focused on the connection between Hartwick College, its students, faculty, alumni, and the world around us.

2009-10: Hartwick’s innovative Three-Year Degree Program is launched, including 25 major areas of study leading to a bachelor of arts (B.A.) or bachelor of science (B.S.) degree. Areas of study include majors from the Humanities, Physical and Life Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences divisions.

2009-10: Hartwick offers an accelerated 18-month nursing program designed to create a new, flexible educational program for area adults to help alleviate the nursing shortage in upstate New York. Supported by a grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission, Hartwick’s Strengthening Rural Nursing Workforce project will serve Delaware, Otsego, and Schoharie counties in the northern Appalachian sub-region of upstate New York.

2010: HartwickExperience.com, an innovative social media Web site that allows prospective students to connect with faculty, staff, and current students before they ever set foot on campus, is launched.

 2011: Hartwick’s Professional Service and Global Engagement Center, or PSGE, is created to support the administration of experiential and integrative learning in Hartwick’s curriculum, and to connect students to the worlds of work and post-graduate study.

2011: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, the New York State Museum, and the National September 11 Memorial & Museum select Hartwick to host "New York Remembers" — one of only 30 official exhibits in the state to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Many artifacts have never been seen by the public, and Hartwick was the only independent college in New York chosen to host the exhibition.

2011: The National Parks Service names the United States Colored Troops Institute as a facility of the National Park Service's National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom, acknowledging the institutes association with the Underground Railroad story.