An Illustrated History
Publication Year: 2006
Published by: The University Press of Kentucky
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For over twenty years, the history of Berea College has been my history. First as a student, and now as the college archivist, I have become intimately acquainted with the remarkable people and events that make up Berea’s story. Early in my career, an alumna introduced me to her husband with the best compliment...
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THERE are many who believe that Berea College is one of America’s most distinctive colleges because of have seized their role in a purposive way that we can call a mission.Then among those that have been strongly purposive, only some are able to sustain and develop the mission over time to the point of success and acclaim....
1. The Witness to Impartial Love
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AMERICA in 1855 was a nation awash in excitement. Reformers denounced the evils of liquor and to meet the wants of the region. Not withstanding its earnest advocacy of liberty, and opposition to caste, it grew rapidly in reputation and efficiency. It became so great a power, that leading men in this section of the State John G. and Matilda Fee. “This I found in her,” Fee wrote of Matilda, “that...
2. Forecasting the Millennium
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THE administration of Berea’s first president, Edward Henry Fairchild, gave institutional form to Fee’s but having faith in the rectitude & stability of their institutions,...
3. Working for God and Humanity
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BEREA COLLEGE faced several challenges with the arrival of William Boyd Stewart as its second unique in its constituency and Christ-like in its aims, gleaming with the sacred jewels of learning and illumined by the holy light of truth, shine in the coming year seven more brightly than today, and dispense, till Christ shall come, ...
4. The Telescope and the Spade
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A NEW world opened for Berea College with the second, unanimous election of William Goodell Frost to the presidency. Frost’s opportunity came out of the controversies that had shredded William B. Stewart’s unhappy administration, yet many believed that...
5. Bristling with History
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WHEN William J. Hutchins became Berea’s fourth president in July 1920, he stepped into a history that reflected significant changes in the understanding of Berea’s story. Under the leadership of...
6. More Than an Ordinary College
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BEREA COLLEGE in 1939 emerged from the Great Depression consisting of two schools. The first was the Foundation School, which served students in junior high and the first two years of high school. The second was the college, divided into Lower...
7. A College of History and Destiny
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AT the end of Francis Hutchins’s administration in 1967, Berea College had endured World War II, pushed through curricular and administrative reorganizations, and reclaimed the historic ideal of integrated education. Conscious of his father’s discomforting...
8. New Magic in a Dusty World
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BEREA COLLEGE in 1984 now defined its mission in terms of the Great Commitments. The Christian motivations of service, interracial education, liberal learning, and service to Appalachia were salient features of Willis Weatherford’s administration...
9. Continuing to Be and to Become
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BEREA COLLEGE in the 1980s had achieved national recognition as one of the finest colleges in the South. Under the leadership of John B. Stephenson, the college developed innovative programs for serving Appalachia and advanced a new...
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Page Count: 264
Publication Year: 2006