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Peru in Nemaha County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Peru State College

 
 
Peru State College Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 24, 2014
1. Peru State College Marker
Inscription.  Peru State College, originally incorporated as Mount Vernon Seminary, became Nebraska's first state-supported college on June 20, 1867. The school was initially organized and largely financed by local residents, then offered to the Methodist Conference. When the Conference refused, the school was offered to the state.

Called the Nebraska State Normal School, Peru was one of the first of its kind west of the Missouri River. Its first classes as a state school were held on October 24, 1867, with thirty-two students enrolled in the normal department. The campus at that time contained sixty acres of land and one building, Mount Vernon Hall.

The school's purpose as outlined in the Legislative bill was to "instruct young people in the art of teaching and in the various branches that pertain to the good common school education, in mechanic arts, in the arts of husbandry and agricultural chemistry, in the fundamental laws of the United States, and in good citizenship."

During its first one hundred years, Peru State College expanded to a campus of one hundred acres dotted with twenty academic buildings and housing complexes
Peru State College and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., October 24, 2014
2. Peru State College and Marker
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to accommodate an enrollment of more than 1,100 students.
 
Erected by Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 80.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Education. In addition, it is included in the Nebraska State Historical Society series list. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1897.
 
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 40° 28.446′ N, 95° 44.012′ W. Marker was in Peru, Nebraska, in Nemaha County. Marker was at the intersection of 8th Street and 5th Street, on the right when traveling north on 8th Street. Marker is on the Peru State College campus. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Peru NE 68421, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. The Little Red Schoolhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Peru State College (within shouting distance of this marker); Muir House (approx. 6.6 miles away); The Nebraska State Teachers' Association (approx. 6.6 miles away); 1854 Didier Log Cabin (approx. 6.7 miles away); Brownville (approx. 6.7 miles away); Company C 1st Regiment of Nebraska (approx. 6.7 miles away); Late 1800's Road Grader (approx. 6.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Peru.
 
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 Peru State College, Nebraska. (Submitted on November 1, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Additional commentary.
1. Marker updated with replacement marker.
On March 16, 2016, this marker was replaced with Nebraska Historical Marker # 515 with changed wording as part of the college celebrating its 150th anniversary on June 20, 2017. It has been moved about 50 feet and is now between the A.V. Larson Building and the Little Red Schoolhouse.
    — Submitted June 24, 2021, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 24, 2021. It was originally submitted on November 1, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 484 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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May. 26, 2022