Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Eleutherian College: Fascinating Indiana Historical Site

Historic Eleutherian College, Inc. posted a link to a recent YouTube video interview from History in Your Own Backyard, "Eleutherian College, Lancaster, Indiana."  The video runs for approximately 12 minutes and includes an interview with David Hardin of Historic Eleutherian.  There are also a number of internal and external views of the college building and surrounding grounds.  Hardin provides historical background on the founding of the college and the activities of the group dedicated to restoration of the property.

Eleutherian College was founded by abolitionists in 1848, to serve as an educational institution for students regardless of race, gender, economics or religion. The current two-story building, constructed in 1853, is located in Lancaster, IN. 

For more information, visit: www.EleutherianCollege.org or call (812) 866-6846.  Eleutherian College has also been featured in several previous College History Garden posts:

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Davie Poplar, Jr.: UNC Prepares for Upcoming 100th Anniversary

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill published "A 'symbol of the life of the University'" to coincide with the upcoming March 16th commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the planting of Davie Poplar Jr. in McCorkle Place.  It is a tradition to maintain a succession of descendants of the original Davie Poplar which was growing when the university was founded in 1790.   The royal line of trees have been cherished by the University for generations.  The story was written by Kelsey Porter and is accompanied with a short video by Rob Holliday that can be accessed vie YouTube, "Davie Poplar, Jr. Turns 100."  Porter and Holliday are affiliated with University Communications at the institution.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Ohio University: Virtual and Walking Tours of Campus

SCRIPPS College of Communications at Ohio University in Athens, OH posted, "COMS seniors holdhistorical virtual, walking tours of campus," last spring with information on a class project that involved students matching alumni memories with historical images from the Ohio UniversityArchives and Special Collections and other campus information.  Students then used the website Histoypin.org to create virtual walkingtours of the campus.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Serving for Over 70 Years: South Central College in Minnesota

The Mankato Free Press published a retrospective article March 5, 2018, "Mankato site of state's first public vo-tech," that provides a brief historical sketch for what is now South Central College.

The institution was founded in 1946 as Mankato Vocational School, the first public, post-secondary vocational-technical school in the state. The name change in 1989 to Mankato Technical College. It merged in 1992 to become Albert Lea-Mankato Technical College. Three years later it joined MN State Colleges and Universities System in 1995. Following realignment, it joined with the Faribault campus of what had formerly been MN Riverland Technical College to become South Central Technical College. The name was changed in 2005 to South Central College.
South Central College serves 5,090 students and offers 45 academic programs. It also serves over 9,000 additional people through customized training and continuing education programs.

Monday, March 5, 2018

Accessing History: Tarleton State University

Tarleton State University Library Special Collections and Archives offers a number of innovative ways to access institutional history and traditions.  You can view a number of images and brief descriptions through the "Tarleton State University Campus History Tour," on the Historypin site.
There is also a "Timeline of Tarleton History" created using Tiki-Toki web-based timeline software.  You can quickly scan historical images selected from the archives and click on any of interest for more information.
Links are also provided off an About Us drop down menu for a number of resources.  The History & Heritage Book is a 70-page document that includes a comprehensive array of institutional information from the history of campus buildings through origins of campus traditions and everything in between.
You can also search and view a wide variety of institutional photographs through the Cross Timbers Historic Images Project.  The project site offers a collection of 19th and 20th century historic images representing Tarleton State and the Cross Timbers area of Central Texas where it is located.

Campus History Tour of Point Loma Nazarene University

Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, CA offers a campus history tour with historic images of the peninsula from before the institution moved to it's current location.  
Photographs with brief historical sketches are provided for: 
  • 1.  Mieras Hall
  • 2.  Greek Amphitheatre
  • 3.  Public Safety
  • 4.  Lotus House
  • 5.  Cabrillo Hall
  • 6.  Bresee Alumni House
  • 7.  Culbertson Hall
Point Loma University was founded in 1910 as Pacific Bible College in Pasadena, CA.  The name changed to Pasadena College in 1919.  The institution moved to Point Loma in San Diego in 1973.  You can visit the institution's web site for a brief historical overview.

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Newman University History

Kansas Newman University posted a couple of videos on Youtube that focus on the institution's history.  An initial introductory video of just over 6 minutes covers the founding of the religious order, Sisters Adorers of the Most Precious Blood, that operated schools in various Kansas towns.

The Sisters purchased property in Wichita, Kansas and started St. John's Academy, a school for girls in 1902. A boy's school was added later. In 1923, Sacred Heart Junior College began and a 4-year baccalaureate program was offered after 1933. The name changed to Sacred Heart College in 1952. It was then renamed Kansas Newman College in 1973 and Newman University in 2000.
Another video, "Kansas Newman College, 1973-1998," includes a presentation by Sr. Charlotte Rohrbach, ASC, covers a twenty-five year period at the institution just prior to the adoption of the current name.
You can also visit the Newman website for a more extensive historical sketch and a link to the institutional archives.