Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Open House at Jubilee College Historic Site this Weekend

The Friends of Jubilee College Historic Site are hosting an Open House on Saturday, August 18th beginning at 9:00 am.  I encourage readers to consider this opportunity for learning more about the founding of an early Illinois college. 
The Jubilee College Historic Site is located adjacent to Jubilee College State Park a few miles northwest of Peoria, IL.  The Friends of Jubilee College Historic Site deserve appreciation for their efforts to maintain the site at a time when state funding has largely disappeared.  You can also visit and like their Facebook page to learn more about group activities
Philander Chase, who previously founded Kenyon College in Ohio, also founded Jubilee College during his service as the first Episcopal Bishop of Illinois.  Construction on the college began in 1839 and expanded to include a dozen or more structures on a 3,500-acre tract of land. The institution included a theological seminary, a college, a classical preparatory school for boys, and a “seminary” for girls, as well as small farming operations.  The college struggled as a frontier institution and no longer offered classes after 1862.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Coleman University Announces it Will be Closing

Coleman University in San Diego, California announced last week that it will be closing.  Coleman was founded in 1963 as the Automation Institute of San Diego.  It later changed the name to Coleman College and then to Coleman University after graduate programs were added in 1982.  Gary Robbins reported in The San Diego Union Tribune on July 30, 2018, "San Diego's Coleman University closing after 55 years." 
Matt Hoffman reporting for KPBS on August 3, 2018, "San Diego's Coleman University is Closing After 55 Years" includes a short audio clip.

If you are interested in recent trends for closures, mergers,and acquisitions access College Closures since 2009 in the index at the right of any College History Garden page.  There are separate tabs for non-profit closures, for-profit closures, and one for mergers and acquisitions.  Each tab includes basic information for the institutions, i.e., Carnegie Classification, sector, accrediting agency, and the IPEDS unitid.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

History of Black Mountain College and Its Influence on Present Day Asheville

Asheville Today published a fascinating historical sketch of Black Mountain College on July 11, 2018, "#TBT: The history of Black Mountain College."  The article includes a reflection on the degree to which the college influenced present day Asheville.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Impact of Significant Fires at Indiana University

Ava Dickerson posted "1883 Fire!" on the Indiana University Archives blog, Blogging Hoosier History.  Her historical sketch describes the financial and cultural significance of the fire and how the citizens of Bloomington rallied to support the institution.

Fires are often significant parts of institutional history and an earlier post on June 22, 2016, "A history of IU fires," describes a number of fires on campus.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Lewis-Clark State College Honors Local Historian and Celebrates 125th Anniversary

Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its founding in 1893.   The institution was founded as Lewiston State Normal School.  It became Northern Idaho College of Education in 1947 before changing its name to Lewis-Clark Normal School in 1955 and then Lewis-Clark State College in 1971.
Local historian and retired educator Steve Branting was honored in late June 2018 with the title ofLewis-Clark State College Institutional Historian” by college president, J. Anthony Fernandez.  Branting is an alum and is featured in an excellent video of the institution's history, "Definded by Perseverance," that is available for viewing on YouTube.

The Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History will also offer an exhibit, “Town & Gown” 125 years of LCSC Campus and Community – an exhibit of celebration.” The exhibit will run from September 6th through October 27th at the Center, located in downtown Lewiston at 415 Main St.  A series of lectures, film and panel discussions will be scheduled to coincide with the exhibit.

Santa Rosa Junior College Celebrates Centennial

Santa Rosa Junior College in Santa Rosa, CA is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its founding in 1918.  You can visit an anniversary web page with links to activities and other resources.
The Santa Rosa Junior College archives page describes various historical resources and services offered and includes a link to view historical images in the college digital archives.
Readers with Facebook access can consider liking and following the Historical Society of SRJC - Santa Rosa Junior College.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Flagler 50: Exhibition Marks 50th Anniversary of Flagler College

An exhibition "Flagler 50: Celebrating a College and a Preservation Legacy, 1968-2018” will open July 6, 2018 as part of the upcoming repertoire of 50th-anniversary celebrations at Flagler College.  The exhibit will be available through May 30, 2019,

The opening of the exhibition was purposefully scheduled to coincide with the 100th birthday of college founder, Lawrence Lewis, Jr., the grandnephew of Henry Flagler.  Lewis was instrumental in fostering the restoration of many buildings in St. Augustine, not just the Hotel Ponce de Leon, that is now used by Flagler College.

You can visit the Flagler College website for a list of anniversary events.

Previous College History Garden posts featuring Flagler College may also be of interest: