Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
The Lincoln Filene Center, 1962
The Lincoln Filene Center was built in 1962 to house the offices of the former Tufts Civic Education Center. Upon moving into the new building, the program was renamed and the building was dedicated as the Lincoln Filene Center for Citizenship and Public Affairs.
In 1961, Tufts University received a $200,000 grant from the Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation to build a new headquarters for the Tufts Civic Education Program. The program had previously been housed in a one-story building between Cousens Gym and the Boston and Maine Rail Road building.
Construction began in early 1962, and by early 1963, after $250,000 in total building costs, the Lincoln Filene Center was ready for use. The building included offices, classrooms, conference and seminar rooms, and an exhibit area. Originally, the building housed not only the newly renamed Citizenship and Public Affairs program, but also the Department of Government and the Department of Education. The Tufts Young Democrats and Young Republicans also had office space in the building.
As of 2000, the Lincoln Filene Center houses the Department of Education, and is also home to one of the newest Tufts Initiatives, the College of Citizenship and Public Service, funded in part by alumni Pierre Omidyar.