Thursday, May 10, 2012

Kansas City University (KS)

Kansas City University (KCU) operated in Kansas City, KS from 1896-1933 and was initially associated with the Methodist Protestant Church.  The institution was founded by D. Samuel Fielding Mather, a descendant of Cotton Mather, and included Mather College, College of Theology, College of Music, Kansas City Academy, School of Oratory and Elocution, College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the College of Homeopathic Medicine and Surgery.  The Colleges of Music and Oratory were located in Kansas City, MO.  

The institution merged with Campbell College in 1913 that previously operated in Holton, KS.  One-half of KCU trustees were then drawn from Church of the United Brethren in Christ.   KCU failed due to financial difficulties.  

St. Augustine Hall was purchased by the Recollect Augustinian Fathers in 1935 to serve as their Monastery of St. Augustine.  The campus was later purchased by Seventh Day Adventists in 1987 for use as administrative offices and a conference center.  You can follow the link for a document prepared to support the placement of Mather Hall on the National Register of Historic Places.