Peru in Nemaha County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Peru State College
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 to accommodate an enrollment of more than 1,100 students.
Erected by Historical Land Mark Council. (Marker Number 80.)
Marker series. Nebraska State Historical Society marker series.
Location. 40° 28.446′ N, 95° 44.012′ W. Marker is in Peru, Nebraska, in Nemaha County. Marker is at the intersection of 8th Street and 5th Street, on the right when traveling north on 8th Street. Touch for map. Marker is on the Peru State College campus. Marker is in this post office area: Peru NE 68421, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 15 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Little Red Schoolhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Half-Breed Tract (approx. 7.3 miles away); Legion Memorial Park Lily Pond (approx. 7.8 miles away); Legion Memorial Park (approx. 7.8 miles away); Nemaha County Veterans Memorial (approx. 7.8 miles away); Auburn Post Office Mural (approx. 8 miles away); Hunter, Watchdog and Faithful Friend (approx. 14.2 miles away); Barge / Keelboat (replica) (approx. 14.2 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. Peru State College, Nebraska. (Submitted on November 1, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. History of Peru, Nebraska. (Submitted on November 1, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Education •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 1, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 19 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on November 1, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.