Another milestone, of course, was the Centennial celebration in 1950, commemorating the year that The Chestnut Street Female Seminary opened its doors. But this reunion was bittersweet, as it also marked the closing of the school forever. Reunion events combined with the formal presentation of the school to The Pennsylvania State College.
For the next three decades, Ogontz alumnae occasionally met for small group reunions, but there was no Ogontz School to return to. The Rydal site was now home of Penn State Ogontz Campus.
In 1983, staff members at the Penn State campus gathered some memorabilia that had remained at the site and decided to put together a public exhibition. The collection was small—most of the materials had long since been removed to The Ogontz White Mountain Camp—but the exhibit was visited by quite a few Ogontz School alumnae who were delighted to return to the campus. This prompted talk of a real Ogontz reunion, and plans were initiated.
More than 210 Ogontz girls from all over the United States and abroad came to the reunion in June 1985. It was difficult finding alumnae, since records hadn’t been updated, but a lot of women on the ambitious reunion committee knew where a few friends were, and those knew where a few more were, and the list grew to more than 500 addresses.