The Rutgers History Lesson

Section 11- Chris Kay, Neven Abdo, Kedar Trivedi

“The Rutgers History Lesson”

Lyrics for “The Rutgers History Lesson”

In seventeen and sixty six
On the banks of the old Raritan
A Dutchman’s college in the sticks
Oh, then began.
The Revolution came,
With a boom, boom, boom,
And a zoom, zoom, zoom,
With a boom, and a zoom, and a boom.
But all through the shot and shell
The Dutchmen, they fought like—well
The old Queens flag on high shall fly forevermore.

In eighteen hundred sixty nine
From a place with a mild bid to fame
Came twenty five Tigers in their prime
To play a game.
And football then was born,
With a punt, punt, punt,
And a grunt, grunt, grunt,
With a punt, and a grunt, and a punt.
But although the Princeton yell
Resounded as loud as—well
The old Queens flag on high shall fly forevermore.

In nineteen hundred and eighteen
Just a mile or a bit more from Queens
An institution we esteem
Came on the scene.
Oh Douglass C we hail,
With a mm, mm, mm,
And an oh, oh, oh,
With an mm, and an oh, and an mm.
But when the last truth we tell
The rest may all go to—well
The old Queens flag on high shall fly forevermore.

Background for “The Rutgers History Lesson”

The “Rutgers History Lesson” isn’t the most straight-forward monument to Rutgers’ Dutch Heritage.  This is because it is a song and not a tangible artifact.  But our group felt that once one took a step back from the obvious, the song actually managed to capture the essence of Rutgers and its heritage better than any static object.  The song was written for the Glee Club to serve as a memorial to several of Rutgers’ most celebrated moments.  It recounts the school’s founding as a Dutch seminary, it’s small but important role in the Revolution, the first collegiate football game, and the founding of our women’s college on Douglas Campus.  Our group selected this song as our “object” because it captured the full spectrum of the Rutgers’ experience.  Some songs, like our Alma Mater, give only a brief slice of our history; this piece provides a fuller picture and we saw that as something worth directing more attention towards.  Additionally, this song helps remind everyone within the Rutgers’ community of just how rich our history is.  There are few schools who can list off as long or successful a resume as ours and such history shouldn’t go unappreciated.  The beauty of this song is that it allows everyone to have that moment of appreciation.  Unfortunately our group was unable to find who wrote the “The Rutgers History Lesson” or when they might have written it but we do know that the Rutgers Glee Club performed the song for their record The Bells Must Ring which was released in 1998.  “The Rutgers History Lesson” is an even more perfect song to represent our heritage this year as we celebrate our 250 year anniversary because, as we’ve said already, the song encapsulates some of our proudest accomplishments.



Henry Hudson Statue in the Bronx

Kevin Reshamwala, Nick Ramirez, Fatimah Ahmed, and Misha Faerovitch

Section 8

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Physical Description:

The bronze statue of Henry Hudson stands at a height of 16 feet. The explorer is perched on top of a Milford pink granite column that is 100 feet while the monument itself is elevated at 200 feet. His stature gives the illusion that he is trying to balance himself on the ship’s deck. There is a cornerstone at the base of the monument that is made out of rock, stone, and metal. It depicts various scenes from the voyage to New York such as meeting with the Natives and making a deal with Dutch settlers.


The Henry Hudson Statue is located on Spuyten Duyvil Hill in the Bronx borough of New York City (specifically Independence Avenue Bronx, NY 10463). In 1906, civic leaders wanted to create a statue as a homage to Hudson in commemoration of the 300th Anniversary of his arrival in New York Harbor. His ship, the Half Moon, was docked off the Spuyten Duyvil in preparation for a voyage to discover the Northwest Passage. Instead, he discovered the Hudson Bay.

Plans for the monument came into fruition in 1909 and construction was completed in 1937. In 1938, the statue was unveiled to the public. Architect Walter Cook created the column while sculptor Karl Bitter designed the statue. Unfortunately, Bitter passed away in 1915, prompting Bitter’s student Karl Heinrick Gruppe to finish the statue on his behalf.

In terms of Dutch history, the memorial represents the first voyage set forth by the Dutch. The captain, Henry Hudson, helped establish the first trading post on the Island of Manhattan. The memorial also commemorates Hudson’s charter with the Dutch East India Company, which was designed to find a path to Northern Asia.

We decided to analyze the statue of Henry Hudson because we believe the impact of his voyage is still felt today. If it wasn’t for Hudson, the Dutch culture and value system would not have spread across the region. New York City would not probably not have become the diverse metropolitan area that it is today without the Dutch beliefs about ethnic and religious tolerance. The statue of Henry Hudson reminds us of the Age of Exploration. It is a monument commemorating a frontiersmen who ventured outside the boundaries of his understanding and into the unknown.

                                                    Works Cited

Da Cruz, Frank. “Henry Hudson Memorial Column – Bronx NY – Living       New Deal.” Living New  Deal. Living New Deal, 02 Aug. 2015. Web. 06 Apr. 2016.

“English Title: View of New York by Johannes Vingboons.” The Atlantic World: America and the Netherlands. Global Gateway, 2016. Web. 06 Apr. 2016.

“Explorer-Age of Discovery.” Henry Hudson. The Mariners’ Museum, 2016. Web. 06 Apr. 2016.

“Henry Hudson Memorial Column, Bronx, New York City.” Flickr. Yahoo!, 2016. Web. 06 Apr. 2016.

“Henry Hudson Park-Henry Hudson Monument.” NYC Parks. New York City Department of Parks and Recreations. Web. 06 Apr. 2016.

“Monument Detail.” Fieldguide to U.S. Public Monuments and Memorials. Fieldguide to U.S. Public Monuments and Memorials, 2005. Web. 06 Apr. 2016.

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