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Saturday, January 29, 2005

Farewell, Lombard College.

Universalist history in the news! A column in the Galesburg, Illinois, Register-Mail says that the last architectural remnant of the Universalists' Lombard College may soon be demolished. Lombard was founded in the early 1850s, but the properties were sold to the Galesburg School District in 1930 and the college's Divinity School merged with the Unitarian Meadville Seminary. Hence the name of the contemporary Unitarian-Universalist seminary in Chicago, Meadville Lombard Theological School. The last building from the Universalist college days is the two-story brick gymnasium, built in 1897.

("Old College Disappearing," Tom Wilson, Register-Mail 1.29.05)

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 29 January 2005 at 9:38 PM

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3 comments:

Chris Tessone:

January 30, 2005 05:32 AM | Permalink for this comment

Whoa, that's my town!!! Knox, where I went to college, is located in Galesburg. I never could figure out what seminary could possibly have been on Seminary St., because I knew it wasn't the Congregationalists (who founded Knox and Galesburg itself). Now I know! Also interesting to know Lombard survives in some respect—my Sigma Nu chapter, Delta Theta at Knox, was founded at Lombard.

However, the paper is the Register-Mail, not the Register-Guard. :-D

Philocrites:

January 30, 2005 09:48 AM | Permalink for this comment

Thanks for the catch, Chris. I've fixed the post.

unity:

January 31, 2005 07:20 PM | Permalink for this comment

Reading that article got me all misty for one half of my seminary alma mater. I spent a substantial amount of my time working in the archives at Meadville/Lombard (a place most graduates still prefer to call "Meadville"). In particular, I credit Lombard with helping me to survive the famed heat wave that occurred while I was there.

Some of the most heartbreaking material in the vaults came from that school. It is strange looking at yearbooks and records from an institution that doesn't really exist in any concrete sense. My high school is older than Lombard College would be if it were still around, yet the old yearbooks seem slightly more upbeat because of the reasonably happy ending...

The alumni met for many years after its closing at various locations. They really missed the old place. I believe it still lives on symbolically in the sea foam and off-mustard colored hoods of M/L's past and current graduates. The honorary degrees are a more tasteful purple...whatever! When I was there it also lived through the rather passionate love for Carl Sandburg exhibited by some of the faculty. Ah, dear old Lombard College...



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