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The Sesquicentennial Sundial
(In front of Sherzer Hall)
In front of Sherzer Hall there sits one of Eastern Michiganís oldest and most fascinating land marks, the Sesquicentennial Sundial. The Sundial was first erected by the class of 1908 as it was tradition for the graduating classes of then Michigan State Normal School to leave behind a gift for the future classes to enjoy. The sundial was characterized by its Marble pedestal and brass dial. Its famous face that features the cities of Montreal, Detroit, Boston, New York, Whittington DC, Toledo, New Orleans, St. Louis, Chicago, Kalamazoo, GD Rapids, Lansing, MT Pleasant, and the 800. During the 1950ís the sundial stopped functioning and was removed temporarily to a physics classroom. At about that time the sundial went missing . It turned up years later in EMU Lapeer. In 1999 during the sesquicentennial celebration EMU had the sundial restored by Arnets Becker Burrell Monuments of Ann Arbor. They also had the sesquicentennial logo added to further celebrate the occasion. The total cost of this renovation was $2,115. This was all made possible by the Sherzer family. At the rededication ceremony Dr. Jeremy Lamb recalled one of his favorite moments with his grandfather, William H. Sherzer, which was that they would have lunch together at the EMU employee cafeteria which at the time was in the basement of Roosevelt Hall. So if you find yourself in front of Sherzer Hall on a sunny day take a look at the sundial and marvel at one of Eastern Michiganís oldest timepieces, just remember donít set your watch by it.