Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Christian College (Columbia, MO)

Paulina Batterson's Columbia College: 150 Years of Courage, Commitment, and Change is an exceptionally well written history of the institution in Columbia, Missouri.  The history was published by the University of Missouri Press in 2001.  
The author provides an interesting picture of the struggles faced by those associated with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) who set out in 1851 to establish what emerged for a time as a successful nondenominational liberal arts college for women.  Readers will find many details that help with understanding the later transition to become one of the first junior colleges in the 1920's and the emergence after 1970 as a coeducational institution.