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The Saxifrage Society

Fitchburg State University alma mater:

“In Old Wachusett’s Shadow”

"In Old Wachusett's Shadow our Alma Mater Stands. Her proud New England banner she holds aloft to all the land. Hail to Alma Mater! Oh raise her name! Always may her sons and daughters just her fame.”

- Priscilla A. (Taylor) Mclean ’63

The story of Fitchburg State begins in the mind of Joseph G. Edgerly, a tireless supporter of public education. Edgerly understood its importance, stating in 1893, “We desire now that we may have competent teachers, that we may have schools to train the teachers that we need. We desire to have good schools.”

The Saxifrage Society logo Edgerly’s vision was made reality on June 6th, 1894, when the Massachusetts Legislature approved the creation of the Normal School at Fitchburg. For 125 years, Fitchburg State has been changing lives – of teachers, of students, of communities. The university has been innovating as long as it has been in existence and is poised to continue exploring new ways to respond to the needs of an ever evolving world.

The Saxifrage Society was established to recognize individuals who name Fitchburg State University in their will or trust or name Fitchburg State a beneficiary of an insurance policy or retirement, and membership is gratefully bestowed upon those who make a life-income enhancing contribution benefiting themselves or a loved one and Fitchburg State. If you have made such a gift, please let us know by contacting Alumni and Development.

Membership in the Saxifrage Society involves no dues, obligations, or solicitations; it is a way by which we can thank you and recognize you for the plans you have put in place, and it may inspire generosity in others.

When you become a member, you receive news, reports, and special invitations to events. The most important benefit, however, is the satisfaction of knowing that as part of your legacy, you have helped secure the option of a self-directed education, unlike any other, for tomorrow's world.

On behalf of the next generations of Fitchburg State students, the university extends sincere thanks to each and every member of the Saxifrage Society for their generosity and commitment to a strong and vibrant future for Fitchburg State University.

To give away money is an easy matter, and in any person's power. But to decide to whom to give it, and how large and when, and for what purpose and how, is neither in every person's power-nor an easy matter. Hence, it is that such excellence is praiseworthy and noble.
- Aristotle