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Irvin Hall, Highland, Kansas
  • Margaret Evelyn Whittemore
    born: Topeka, Kansas, United States ; died: Sarasota, Florida, United States
  • Irvin Hall, Highland, Kansas, 1930s
  • Where object was made: Highland, Kansas, United States
  • offset lithograph, watercolor
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 8 3/8 x 11 3/4 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 212.72 x 298.45 mm
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0549

Reverend S.M. Irvin, a Presbyterian missionary from Pennsylvania, opened a school for the Iowa, Sac, and Fox Indians near the present location of Highland College in 1837. Twenty years later, when the government moved the tribes to the west, Father Irvin devoted his energies to the building of a school for the white settlers. The corner-stone of Irvin Hall was laid in 1858. This brick structure with its picturesque belfry still stands as an important part of the thriving junior college, the oldest in the state.