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Old Main, The Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania, Centre County, PA, 1859.
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Black and white image of two mules, three students, and the school in the background.

Credit: Courtesy of the Pennsylvania State University Archives

In 1859 the Commonwealth created the first state agricultural college, which it named "The Farmers' High School of Pennsylvania," to disarm farmer's suspicions about higher education. Today it is known as Penn State University.

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