Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Watery Wednesday

 
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The Heritage Tower is located between the baseball stadium and the football stadium on the Florida State University campus and was a present to FSU from the graduating classes of 1946, 1947, and 1948. These classes represent the transitional time when Florida State College for Women became Florida State University. The GI bill was introduced at the end of World War II. In 1945 men were allowed to attend FSCW to help alleviate overcrowding at other schools. In 1947, they were allowed into the school as full students. That was a good thing for me because that's when my father decided to transfer to FSU from the University of Florida after serving in the Navy during the war. He promptly met my mother, who was starting her first year at FSU and they were married a year later! The dedication of this fountain in 1998 marked the 50th year since FSCW became FSU. To see more wonderful watery pictures, please visit Watery Wednesday.

19 comments:

SRQ said...

Very interesting! I didn't know FSU started as an all-women's college. I bet those first GIs who were allowed to attend had a great time!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Great picture and a great story to go with it.

Cezar and Léia said...

This is such a neat fountain!It's difficult to think of one school only for women!So much things have changed nowadays!
It's a beautiful love story I mean how your father met your mother! :)
Léia

Misfit in Paradise said...

Cool fountain!

Jacob said...

Another beautiful photo, Lois. This is a gorgeous fountain and a wonderful addition to the FSU campus. Thanks, too, for the historical explanation and for sharing some of your family history. You are a true "Nole"!

Small City Scenes said...

Neat post, Lois. I am glad your dad changed schools too or might have never been. Neat fountain. MB

Halcyon said...

It looks very inviting! It's another hot day down here. I wouldn't mind dipping my toes in, if that's allowed.

Lucy the Cat said...

Neat story behind this pretty fountain! Nice to learn about the school and also a little of your family.

jennyfreckles said...

It's lovely hearing bits of history and personal stuff too - perhaps your dad and mum's story was what they were afraid of when they decided to have single-gender colleges in the first place! The distraction of the opposite sex!

VP said...

A quite strange tower but a very important monument, for what I have just read. Your picture is great... and very watery!

√ Abraham Lincoln said...

Glad you enjoyed the hawks toilet.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

Great shot and interesting history.

Darryl and Ruth : )

~Cheryl said...

Really beautiful fountain and the write up is equally beautiful!

J Bar said...

That's a beauty. I like unusual monuments and fountains.

Hilda said...

It's a lovely fountain, but it's your story about your mom and dad that I love even more!

Lisa Wilson said...

Nice fountain, and what a great story!

Clytie said...

What a beautiful fountain. And I love the story of your mom and dad. How very very precious!

BlossomFlowerGirl said...

A lovely fountain and a great tale. It's a classy design with old world charm. Education for women as changed a lot over the past fifty years or so.
Cheers.
Melbourne Daily Photo

Kaori said...

What a lovely story about your parents! Isn't it funny how everything works out sometimes? :D