Appleton in Outagamie County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
The Merging of Milwaukee-Downer and Lawrence Colleges
Lawrence University, chartered on January 15, 1847, was the first college in Wisconsin founded as a coeducational institution. Preparatory classes began in 1849; college classes began in 1853. The first collegiate class of seven students – four men and three women – graduated in 1857.
Milwaukee College was founded as a women’s college in 1851 under the guidance of Catharine Beecher. The Wisconsin Female College, later renamed Downer College for Judge Jason Downer, was founded at Fox Lake in 1854. These two colleges merged in Milwaukee in 1895 to form Milwaukee-Downer College.
The Milwaukee–Downer campus was purchased by the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee in 1964, and Milwaukee-Downer College consolidated with Lawrence College, as it was then known. Milwaukee-Downer and Lawrence colleges thus combined to form today’s Lawrence University.
Erected 2014 by Wisconsin Historical Society. (Marker Number 554.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, Music • Education. Wisconsin Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is January 1926.
Location. 44° 15.698′ N, 88° 23.752′ W. Marker is in Appleton, Wisconsin, in Outagamie County. Marker is at the intersection of East College Avenue and South Meade Street, on the right when traveling east on East College Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 710 East College Avenue, Appleton WI 54911, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lawrence University (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line); Vulcan Street Plant Replica (approx. ¼ mile away); First Edison Hydroelectric System in America (approx. ¼ mile away); 9-11 Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away); First Commercially Successful Electric Street Railway (approx. 0.6 miles away); Number 736 (approx. 0.8 miles away); Henry James and Cremora Rogers Residence (approx. 1.1 miles away); Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Bridge (approx. 1.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Appleton.
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Also see . . . Lawrence University History. University website entry (Submitted on September 25, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin.)
Credits. This page was last revised on April 13, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 435 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 18, 2014, by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • William J. Toman was the editor who published this page.