Friday, September 1, 2017

Historical Sketch of Colleges in Orleans, Nebraska during late 1800s

Jim McKee wrote a brief historical sketch of Orleans, Nebraska for the Lincoln Journal Star on March 23, 2017, "Orleans had a college, and was a county seat."

The Free Methodist College was founded in Orleans as a seminary in 1884.  It operated as a college from 1887-1893 and is considered as a predecessor for what became Central Christian College in McPherson, KS.  An institution affiliated with Methodist Episcopal Church used the Orleans buildings from 1893-1897 when property reverted to the Free Methodist Church.  The buildings were razed in 1914.

McKee also mentions another school, H.B. Breeches Business College, that opened in Orleans in 1886.