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Indiana Asbury - - DePauw University

 
 
Indiana Asbury - - DePauw University Marker image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
1. Indiana Asbury - - DePauw University Marker
Inscription. DePauw University was first named Indiana Asbury University. Within two decades after the founding of Greencastle, the Indiana Conference of Methodist Episcopal Church decided that the time had arrived to establish an institution of higher learning in Indiana. In competition with Indianapolis, Lafayette, Madison, Rockville and Putnamville, this small Putnam County town of several hundred inhabitants won the right to be the home of this new University.

A pledge of $25,000 to help establish the new school was made by Greencastle citizens, and on January 10, 1837, a charter was granted by the Indiana General Assembly to establish Indiana Asbury University in Greencastle. This name was chosen to honor Francis Asbury, the first American bishop of the Methodist Church, and to indicate that the new institution was a Methodist institution.

The first instructor hired was Cyrus Nutt, who was named professor of language and director of the Preparatory School. In 1839 Matthew Simpson was appointed the first president. By 1840 the first class of three students graduated. In 1840 the first university building, known as the Edifice, under construction since 1837, was completed.

In 1884, after suffering financial reverses, the University was rescued by gifts from businessman and philanthropist Washington C. DePauw
Marker Photo image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
2. Marker Photo
of Madison, Indiana. In grateful appreciation the trustees renamed the institution DePauw University which contains within it, the Asbury College of Liberal Arts.

East College is the oldest building on campus. The cornerstone for it was laid on October 30, 1870. With initial contributions of $30,000 from citizens of Greencastle, the building was partially occupied by 1875 and dedicated at commencement in 1877. East College underwent a beautiful renovation and was rededicated in 1981. Today its striking rose-red brick architecture reflects the University’s pride in its distinguished educational heritage.
 
Erected by Heritage Preservation Society.
 
Location. 39° 38.633′ N, 86° 51.813′ W. Marker is in Greencastle, Indiana, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of South Vine Street and East Washington Street (U.S. 231), on the right when traveling south on South Vine Street. Touch for map. Located on the "Heritage Wall" in the bottom row - - third from the left end. Marker is in this post office area: Greencastle IN 46135, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Minshall Laboratory, DePauw University (here, next to this marker); John Dillinger Was Here (here, next to this marker);
"Heritage Wall" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
3. "Heritage Wall"
Putnamville United Methodist Church (here, next to this marker); The Founding of the Lilly Family in Greencastle, Indiana (here, next to this marker); Donald J. Cook (1915 - - 2005 ) (here, next to this marker); The Founding of Greencastle, Indiana (here, next to this marker); Julian Family Home (here, next to this marker); Abraham Lincoln's Biography (here, next to this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Greencastle.
 
Also see . . .  Centerpiece of DePauw University Campus ::. Follow the links for many photos and interesting topics. (Submitted on June 16, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.) 
 
Categories. Education
 
Full View - - "Heritage Wall" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
4. Full View - - "Heritage Wall"
Other View - - "Heritage Wall" image. Click for full size.
By Courtesy:: Marilyn S. Wolf, June 10, 2012
5. Other View - - "Heritage Wall"
Indiana Asbury - DePauw University -and- The Civil War image. Click for full size.
Courtesy:: DePauw University Archives
6. Indiana Asbury - DePauw University -and- The Civil War
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on June 16, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 515 times since then and 46 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 16, 2012, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.
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