1870-79

1870

Mar. 30
Texas readmitted to United States.

1871

1872

1873

1874

1875

1876

Feb. 10
The official date of the removal of Austin College from Huntsville to Sherman.

1877


Methodist Church buys former Austin College Building, establishes short-lived Mitchell College for boys.

1878

1879

Apr. 21
Governor Oran M. Roberts creates legislature to create an institution named after Sam Houston. Only Texas A&M and its associated Prairie View campus had been established earlier, in 1876, as state-supported institutions of higher learning, making SHSU the third-oldest university in Texas. The Normal received top students that were recommended on a quota basis from each Texas senatorial district.
Oct. 10
Sam Houston Normal Institute, the first teacher training school in the southwestern United States opens with one classroom building, four faculty members, and 110 students.

Campus named SHNU until 1923.

Bernard Mallon begins tenure as president (until October 21, 1879).
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Hildreth H. Smith begins tenure as president until 1881

About the site

The Buildings of Sam Houston State University website documents the physical changes of the SHSU campus in Huntsville from its inception in 1879 through tomorrow. The alumnus-run site details changes to the academic, residential, and historical buildings and other prominent landmarks.