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Danville in Hendricks County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Central Normal College

 
 
Side one of the Central Normal College Marker. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mbowyer, April 8, 2006
1. Side one of the Central Normal College Marker.
Inscription.  
Organized 1876 at Ladoga as second private Indiana normal school specializing in teacher training. Based on Alfred Holbrook's techniques at his normal college in Lebanon, Ohio which pioneered teacher training in America. Central Normal College was moved 1878 to old Danville Academy building. The campus eventually consisted of five buildings.

Central Normal College, last self-supporting private normal school in Midwest, closed 1946. School reopened as Canterbury College by Episcopal Church; declining financial situation forced closure 1951. Alumni include many prominent Hoosiers. Hargrave Hall, gymnasium, and well house remain as part of Danville Middle School.
 
Erected 2001 by Indiana Historical Bureau and Danville Senior History Club sponsored by Danville Public Library. (Marker Number 32.2001.2.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EducationNotable Buildings. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1876.
 
Location. 39° 45.649′ 
Side two of the Central Normal College Marker. image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Mbowyer, April 8, 2006
2. Side two of the Central Normal College Marker.
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N, 86° 31.218′ W. Marker is in Danville, Indiana, in Hendricks County. Marker is on East Main Street (U.S. 36) near North Wayne Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Danville IN 46122, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Danville’s Carnegie Library (approx. 0.2 miles away); Hendricks County (Danville, Indiana) War Memorial (approx. 0.2 miles away); Samuel Luther Thompson (approx. ¼ mile away); Danville’s Main Street Historic District (approx. 0.4 miles away); T.H.I.&E. Interurban Depot Building (approx. 7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Danville.
 
Also see . . .  Central Normal College. Hendricks County Historical Museum website entry (Submitted on August 30, 2021, by Larry Gertner of New York, New York.) 
 
Additional commentary.
1. Yearbooks
I recently acquired several yearbooks from the school mentioned on this marker.
The Centralian for 1946.
The Echo for 1947 - 2 copies.
The Canterbury Tales for 1948, 1949 (4 copies) and 1950 (2 copies).
Also a copy of the school history 1876 - 1946 and 1945 - 1951.
These belonged to my dear friends Virginia Tincher and Harlan Bonsett who graduated in 1950. I was a student in Ms. Tincher's class and she became my mentor as I pursued teaching. I taught
Central Normal College image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown., circa 1910
3. Central Normal College
mathematics for 34 years. I would share these with anyone who would have special interest in the school memorbilia.

Editor's Note: Please email the editors if you wish to ask Ms. Wilburn about these books. And please include the marker name in your email for reference. Thank you. Note To Editor only visible by Contributor and editor    
    — Submitted November 13, 2008, by Ms. Carol A. Wilburn of Yorktown, In. 47396.
 
Central Normal College image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown, circa 1910
4. Central Normal College
College Sisters, 1910 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown, 1910
5. College Sisters, 1910
College Sisters, 1910 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Unknown, 1910
6. College Sisters, 1910
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 10, 2006, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana. This page has been viewed 3,816 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 10, 2006, by M. Bowyer of Indianapolis, Indiana.   3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 5, 2011, by Jean Henry of Alvaton, Kentucky. • J. J. Prats was the editor who published this page.
 
Editor’s want-list for this marker. Photo of Hargrave Hall, the gymnasium, and the well house • Can you help?

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Sep. 26, 2022