University of Pittsburgh - 150th Anniversary1937
UP-150
Golden bronze with tan patina

The medal's obverse shows University of Pittsburgh's "Cathedral of Learning." Around, to left and right, UNIVERSITY OF - PITTSBURGH; to left and right, 1787 - 1937

The reverse bears an inscription that reads THEY SHALL / FIND WISDOM HERE / AND FAITH - IN STEEL / AND STONE - IN CHARAC / TER AND THOUGHT - THEY / SHALL FIND BEAUTY - AD / VENTURE - AND MO / MENTS OF HIGH / VICTORY

In 1937 the University of Pittsbrgh celebrated both its 150th anniversary and the long-awaited completion of its 42-story "Cathedral of Learning." The impressive tower had been under construction for ten years and is still the tallest educational building in the Western Hemisphere (only the University of Moscow's main building is taller).

The building's construction evoked public support rarely seen for college construction projects. Local industries donated steel, cement, elevators, glass, plumbing and heating elements. In 1924, 17,000 men and women and 97,000 school children made individual cash contributions to help fund the project. Today, many adults still have the certificates they received as school children upon contributing 10 cents, which they had earned themselves, to "buy a brick" in the Cathedral of Learning.

The inscription on the reverse is a quote of Dr. Bowman, at the time the University's Chancellor:

"THEY SHALL FIND WISDOM HERE AND FAITH - IN STEEL AND STONE - IN CHARACTER AND THOUGHT - THEY SHALL FIND BEAUTY - ADVENTURE - AND MOMENTS OF HIGH VICTORY"

The medal bears neither a maker's mark nor a signature. Please contact me if you know the sculptor or have additional information on this medal.

The medal measures 76mm (3in) in diameter and was struck in bronze by the Medallic Art Company of New York.