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Highland in Doniphan County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Irvin Hall

American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Site

 
 
Irvin Hall HABS Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2011
1. Irvin Hall HABS Marker
Inscription.  
This structure has been
recorded by the
Historic American
Buildings Survey

of the United States Department
of the Interior for its archives
at the Library of Congress

 
Erected by Highland Community College. (Marker Number 374.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureChurches & Religion. In addition, it is included in the American Presbyterian and Reformed Historic Sites series list.
 
Location. 39° 51.6′ N, 95° 16.241′ W. Marker is in Highland, Kansas, in Doniphan County. Marker is on Main Street, on the right when traveling west. Marker is on the Highland Community College campus. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Highland KS 66035, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Rubeti Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Highland Community College (within shouting distance of this marker); Smithton Lodge No. 1 A.F.&A.M. (approx. 0.2 miles
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away); Highland Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. one mile away); Sir Knight John W. Smith / Daniel D. Vanderslice (approx. one mile away); Cooperation and Conflict on the Trail (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Iowa, Sac and Fox Mission (approx. 2.2 miles away); The Highland Presbyterian Mission (approx. 2.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Highland.
 
Regarding Irvin Hall. Irvin Hall was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. This building is also one of 445 American Presbyterian and Reformed Historical Sites registered between 1973 and 2003 by the Presbyterian Historical Society (PHS), headquartered in Philadelphia. Approved sites received a metal plaque featuring John Calvin’s seal and the site’s registry number (PHS marker location unknown).

The following text is taken from the Presbyterian Historical Society website:

The Presbytery of Highland chartered Highland Community College in 1858, the oldest surviving college in Kansas. Irvin Hall, built in 1859-1860, was the college's first and, until 1909, its only structure. It was named Irvin Hall in 1925 in
Irvin Hall and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., May 29, 2011
2. Irvin Hall and Marker
honor of Rev. Samuel Irvin, a Presbyterian missionary at the nearby Iowa, Sac and Fox Presbyterian Mission. Local Presbyterians used Irvin Hall for worship until 1888 when the Highland Presbyterian Church was built. Over the years, the college has found many uses for the hall. It has been a dining hall, chemistry lab, and storage space. In the 1950s, the Highland Gun Club used the hall as an indoor shooting range. Highland College still uses Irvin Hall today.

 
Also see . . .  Irvin Hall National Register Nomination. (Submitted on October 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on October 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 476 times since then and 6 times this year. Last updated on August 15, 2018, by Douglass Halvorsen of Klamath Falls, Oregon. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on October 2, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.

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