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Normal College student photographs, ca. 1917

The Normal College of the American Gymnastic Union was founded by the Turners to provide physical education instructors for schools and Turner societies. The Normal College, reflecting the liberal attitudes of the Turners, was coeducational, and women participated in such team sports as basketball and field hockey. While gymnastics was the most important sport for Turners, track and field, fencing, baseball, and other sports were both popular and an important part of the school's curriculum.

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Athenaeum Turners Records, Ruth Lilly Special Collections and Archives, University Library, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Normal College students in the Athenaeum gymnasium.
Normal College students in the Athenaeum gymnasium.
Normal College students running hurdles in Willard Park, 1917.
Normal College students running hurdles in Willard Park, 1917.
Normal College women's field hockey team, ca. 1920
Normal College women's field hockey team, ca. 1920
Normal College students playing baseball in Willard Park, 1917
Normal College students playing baseball in Willard Park, 1917.
Normal College students on parallel bars
Normal College students on parallel bars
Normal College students fencing class outside the Athenaeum.
Normal College students fencing class outside the Athenaeum.

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Updated: 27 April 2004, RKB
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