Journey through Livingston History
In one of the far corners of the Livingston Campus there is an outdoor artwork designed by a former student that is titled “Finding A Way in This World.” This sculpture is an apt metaphor for the changes that have taken place on the land that is currently known as the Rutgers University Livingston Campus and can serve as a guidepost on a journey to discover the rich history of this land. From its earliest days as home to the Stelton Modern School (with its roots in the philosophy of Francisco Ferrer and Emma Goldman) to the opening of a new building for the Rutgers Business School (designed by noted Mexican architect Enrique Norten and heated by geothermal energy) the Livingston campus has been a site of activity that reflects our changing world. It has been home to a utopian, anarchist community called the Fellowship Farm Cooperative Association; it was the location of a major military base during World War II; and it was the site of the first-coeducational college at Rutgers. Using original, unpublished archival materials held by Rutgers University Libraries, gathering information through interviews with key stakeholders, and walking through our campus and nearby neighborhoods, students will map the changing world of the Livingston Campus and the people who have lived, worked, and studied on this land for over 100 years.