Concordia in Lafayette County, Missouri — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
St. Paul's College
High School and Junior College
In 1883 St. Paul's was founded by the Reverend F. J. Blitz with the help of Lutherans in the Concordia area who with him saw the need for more ministers of the Gospel of Jesus Christ to serve the growing population of the west.
The Rev. Andrew Baepler (1850-1927), English missionary for the Lutheran Church (Western District), was called to be the director of the school. Lessons began in his home on January 3, 1884 with three students.
In 1905 the first college year was added. By the next year St. Paul's was a six-year school. Then graduates entered The Lutheran Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Courses in teacher training were begun in 1954, and a class of eleven young women was admitted to the college department. Teacher training graduates continued their education at four-year schools in River Forest, Illinois or in Seward, Nebraska. In the high school department, girls were first admitted in 1968.
The founders' aim was to educate ministers to proclaim the Message of Salvation "By Faith Alone, By Grace Alone, By Scripture Alone." But to maintain a viable enrollment in recent years, the curriculum was broadened to include courses in other vocational areas.
Location. 38° 59.245′ N, 93° 34.073′ W. Marker is in Concordia, Missouri, in Lafayette County. Marker is on Main Street (Missouri Route 23) near SW 2nd Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 205 South Main Street, Concordia MO 64020, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wilk School Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); Civil War Casualties (approx. 0.2 miles away); St. Paul's Lutheran Church Cornerstone (approx. ¼ mile away); St. Paul's Lutheran Church Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Veterans War Memorial (approx. 0.3 miles away); Massacre Site / Concordia (approx. 0.3 miles away); Missouri Pacific Caboose (approx. 0.3 miles away); Lions Club Clock Tower (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Concordia.
Also see . . .
1. St. Paul Lutheran High School. (Submitted on June 30, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Concordia, Missouri. (Submitted on June 30, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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