George Petrie's History Class
Date: 1914 Size: 470x320 pixels
Auburn's outnumbered coeds stuck together in Dr. George Petrie's history class in 1914.  They found him a friend and also a hard teacher.  Petrie's sister-in-law, Kate Lane (wearing hat), graded papers for him.  Petrie trained history teachers and scholars and served on the faculty and administration from 1887 to 1942, with a break in service in 1889-91.  He founded the History Department in 1891, introduced tennis to Auburn in 1888 and football in 1892.  A visitor said of Petrie, "I could have listened to him all day; it is not difficult to imagine how he inspired students with a genuine love for history."
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