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Westerville in Franklin County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Otterbein College

 
 
Otterbein College Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 12, 2008
1. Otterbein College Marker
Inscription. This historic college opened in1847 as Oterbein University of Ohio, named for Philip William Otterbein (1726–1813), a founder of the Church of the Brethren in Christ. The church later merged with the Evangelical Church to become the United Methodist Church. Otterbein was one of the first colleges in the United States to open its doors to persons of color and women without restrictions on what they could study. While Otterbein’s educational offering have evolved over the years to meet society’s needs, the college has remained committed to the liberal arts as the foundation of all learning.
 
Erected 2003 by the Ohio Bicentennial Commission, the International Paper Company, The Ohio Historical Society. (Marker Number 66-25.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Ohio Historical Society / The Ohio History Connection marker series.
 
Location. 40° 7.563′ N, 82° 56.184′ W. Marker is in Westerville, Ohio, in Franklin County. Marker is on West Main Street west of Grove Street, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Westerville OH 43081, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Home of Benjamin R. Hanby (about
Otterbein College Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 12, 2008
2. Otterbein College Marker
300 feet away, measured in a direct line); William Hanby, Freedom Crusader (about 400 feet away); In Memory of Benjamin R. Hanby (about 500 feet away); Temperance Row Historic District (about 700 feet away); Heritage Green Park (approx. ¼ mile away); Benjamin Russell Hanby (approx. 0.4 miles away); Westerville (approx. 0.4 miles away); Stoner House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Westerville.
 
Also see . . .  History of Otterbein College. “Otterbein was among the first coeducational colleges in America, and probably the first college in the United States to be founded as coeducational and to admit women to the same programs of study as male students. Its first two graduates were females. From its opening, Otterbein employed female faculty members, and it was probably the first college to do so. Otterbein was also one of the first three colleges in the United States to be open to students of color, and College historians have argued that it deserves to be considered the first to be founded with
Otterbein College Towers Hall image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 12, 2008
3. Otterbein College Towers Hall
At the foot of College Street.
that philosophy.” (Submitted on July 13, 2008.) 
 
Categories. Education
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 826 times since then and 8 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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