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Articles by Peter Hoehnle '96 based on the catalogue history and Cornell College: 150 Years from A-Z by Charles Milhauser, and on the forthcoming scholarly history by William Heywood and Richard Thomas.

The Cornell College Story

Birth of a college: Charismatic Methodist minister George Bryant Bowman brought Cornell College to reality 150 years ago in what was then the American “Northwest.”

Building a campus: From 15 acres at the edge of a fledgling town on the American frontier, Cornell has grown to 41 buildings on 129 acres. All of its 19th-century buildings remain in use.

Academic life: Cornell’s curriculum was rich and innovative from the start.

Timeline: An illustrated chronology of Cornell College, contrasted with world events.

Student life: Student life has evolved from the tight restrictions of Methodism and Victorian morality that dominated its early years.

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