Sunday, September 12, 2021

Sesquicentennial Celebration Planned for West Chester University

West Chester University is celebrating its 150th anniversary. The institution was founded as West Chester Academy in 1812 in West Chester, PA. It became West Chester State Normal School in 1871. The name changed to West Chester State Teacher's College in 1927, to West Chester State College in 1960, and then to West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 1983.

The 150th Anniversary web page offers links to anniversary videos, upcoming events, a timeline of key institutional dates, historic photographs, and other resources.

The Special Collections department of the FH Green Library also offers a variety of digital collections and other resources.

Finlandia University Prepares for 125th Anniversary

The Daily Mining Gazette of Houghton, MI posted "Finlandia plans 125th-anniversary celebration" on September 9, 2021 with reporting by Garrett Neese. 

The institution affiliated with the Finnish Evangelical Lutheran Church was founded as Suomi College in 1896 in Hancock, MI. The name was changed to Finlandia University in 2000.

You can visit the 125th Anniversary web pages for upcoming events, a timeline of key institutional dates, and other resources.

Saturday, September 11, 2021

Reflections as a Christian College Prepares to Celebrate Its Sesquicentennial

Chris Gehrz offers interesting reflections on five key turning points in Bethel University's 150-year history, "Persevere: A Christian College Turns 150."

Bethel is affiliated with the Baptist General Conference with roots in Swedish Pietism. Bethel was founded as the Scandinavian Department of Baptist Union Theological Seminary of the University of Chicago. It later moved to St. Paul, MN, becoming Bethel Academy and Seminary in 1914. The name changed to Bethel Institute in 1920, to Bethel College and Seminary in 1945, to Bethel College in 1974, and finally, Bethel University in 2004.

Chris Gehrz is a thoughtful and prolific writer with a wide ranging interest in higher education and Christian colleges. Previous College History Garden posts featuring writing by Gehrz include: 

Sunday, August 29, 2021

KSU Polytechnic Rebrand

Kansas State University’s Polytechnic Campus is rebranding to be Kansas State University Salina Aerospace and Technology Campus. You can read more in a post on the website, "Name Change for KSU Polytechnic."

The institution was founded by Kansas Legislature in 1965 as Schilling Institute and was located on the former Schilling Air Force Base in Salina, KS.  The name was change to Kansas Technical Institute in 1969.  The name changed again in 1988 to Kansas College of Technology.  KCT then merged with Kansas State University in 1991 to become Kansas State University-Salina. Then in 2015, KSU-Salina became KSU Polytechnic.

Saturday, August 21, 2021

Shepherd University Prepares for 150th Anniversary

Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia is preparing to celebrate the 150th anniversary of its founding.

The institution was founded in 1871 as Shepherd College. It became Shephard State Normal School in 1872. The name changed to Shepherd State Teachers College in 1931 and back to Shepherd College in 1943. It then became Shepherd University in April 2004 with a final name change.

You can visit the 150th anniversary web site for upcoming events, a timeline, and a variety of other historical resources.

Bluefield College Changes Name to become Bluefield University

 Bluefield College announced that they have now changed their name to Bluefield University. The Board of Trustees met in special session in June 2021 to approve the new name.

The institution, located in Bluefield, VA, was founded in 1922 and is currently preparing for its centennial celebration

An institutional history, Lighthouse on the Hills: The Bluefield College Story, can be viewed on the college's web site. A brief historical sketch and information on presidents of the institution can be found on the "History" web page.

Sunday, August 8, 2021

Exhibit Features Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Historic District


WTWO-TV of Terre Haute, IN posted a short video segment, "Saint Mary-of-the-Woods exhibit now open through October at Swope Art Museum," featuring comments by Dr. Dottie King, president of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) and the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (SPSMW) are partnering with the Swope Art Museum in Terre Haute to present “Stories from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Historic District.”

“Stories from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Historic District” can be viewed in the 2nd Floor Lobby and Education Galleries of the Swope Art Museum, from August 6th through October 4th, 2021. The museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. and there is no cost for admission. 

You can visit the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Historic District web pages for for more information on the architectural significance and educational or religious importance of the area to the history of the State of Indiana and the United States.

A couple of previous College History Garden posts may also be of interest, 

You can also visit the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College web site to learn more about the institution's history or you can download maps of the campus and trails.