Aldo Leopold’s Lawrenceville Hikes

Clickable map with archival documents

Leopold_1904_map_50Aldo Leopold (1887-1948) was a member of The Lawrenceville School’s class of 1905. After graduating from Lawrenceville and the Yale School of Forestry, he went on to a distinguished career in the fields of ecology, conservation, forestry, environmental ethics, and land management. While a student at Lawrenceville, Leopold wrote home almost every day to his family in Burlington, Iowa. In his letters, he describes natural history hikes he took throughout the greater Lawrenceville area ranging from Trenton to Princeton. This map was created in June 2018 by Lawrenceville School students participating in the Leopold Scholars program with assistance from school faculty and staff. Students read Leopold’s letters and his biography and then visited approximate locations referred to in his letters and in the map he drew shortly after arriving in January 1904. Placemarks for each site include a photo taken between June 15-17, 2018, as well as a link to an original letter written by Leopold of that general site. These original letters are provided courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Digital Collections. For more information about Aldo Leopold and his legacy, please visit the website of the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

In The Bunn Library

Periwig’s Favorite Playwrights!

periwig_sq_powerpoint_graphic-e1556131136329bCelebrating its 125th Anniversary, the Periwig Club has showcased plays written by playwrights who were so prolific and so talented that their works graced The Lawrenceville School’s stage multiple times over the last century.  From comedies to tragedies, the plays that these individuals created helped shape Western thought, emotion, and humor.  Join your classmates in The Stephan Archives to celebrate the Periwig Club and its favorite playwrights!

                                            The exhibit will be on view from May 2017 to Spring 2022.

In the Fathers Building

Teaching & Trekking through the Tropics

image (2)Following in the steps of Aldo Leopold’s legacy, Dr. John L. Clark has spent his career in the pursuit of discovering and documenting plant diversity. As the Aldo Leopold Distinguished Teaching Chair in Environmental Science and Ethics, Clark directs annual research expeditions during summer and spring breaks to Ecuador and Cuba for Lawrenceville School students where they too can participate in biodiversity scholarship through experiential learning. Travel enthusiasts, scientists, and art aficionados will be delighted to see 24 enlarged, full-color O’Keeffe-like images of new and thought-to-be-extinct flowering plant species in photographs taken by Clark and now displayed in the Fathers Building. Candid photos of students, faculty, and Aldo Leopold (Courtesy of the Leopold Foundation) are also on display. This exhibit is designed and sponsored by The Stephan Archives.

In the Abbott Dining Hall

The History of Abbott Dining Hall

VMA Concept Sketch Cropped 2Dedicated to the sixth Head Master of The Lawrenceville School, Abbott Dining Hall has hosted numerous wedding receptions, dances, and conferences, and served thousands of meals to the community for nearly sixty years. During this time the hall has been reimagined and reconfigured, most noticeably during the 2018 renovation. Join The Stephan Archives and your classmates in celebrating the hall’s history – from inception to the present!

Learn more about the initial construction of Abbott and the evolution of the dining hall at Lawrenceville by visiting The History of Abbott Dining Hall: Digital Exhibit.

Online Exhibits

House Football: A Lawrenceville Tradition


This exhibit explores the history of House football at the Lawrenceville School and its impact on the community.

Photos from the Coachman Collection

Candid photos taken by brothers Walter Fossin Coachman L1913 and Charles Rogers Coachman L 1917 in various locales between approximately 1913 and 1920.

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