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On March 1, 1911, jubilant New Londoners marched up State Street to celebrate when they wrapped up their wildly successful campaign to bring Connecticut College to the city.
Exactly 100 years later, the College and city celebrated the century-long connection -- with a reception that drew hundreds of city residents, community officials and activists, and students, faculty and staff back to State Street.
Photos from the College's "Honor New London" event.
View video of President Higdon's presentation from patch.com.
President Higdon presented New London Mayor Martin T. Olsen Jr. with a proclamation honoring the city and Olsen, in turn, presented Higdon with a proclamation making March 1 "Connecticut College Day" in the city.
In an opinion piece in The Day, Higdon thanked the city for a century of support and said the College strives to reciprocate. For example, he said, more than 600 Connecticut College students complete internships, course work, work-study and volunteer placements in local schools, agencies and other non-profits.
In a front-page story in The Day the previous Sunday, Olsen, a 1995 Connecticut College graduate, said the college is a big asset to the city.
"Just having a high-caliber school in and of itself in the community is an asset ... students are exposed to New London and what it has to offer," Olsen told The Day.
An editorial in The Norwich Bulletin also congratulated the college and the city on the important anniversary.