Harbored in the halls of ivy-covered buildings, the rich history of Bethany College has inspired thousands of students to pursue higher education amidst the scenic Allegheny foothills. Those who have studied here have come to find that this picturesque, 1,600-acre campus has provided them with more than just a diploma-it has enriched their lives.
Founded on March 2, 1840, by Alexander Campbell, Bethany College is the oldest degree-granting institution in West Virginia. Emphasizing intellectual freedom, diversity, personal growth, leadership, and a close academic community capable of cultivating eager minds, Bethany College is dedicated to providing a well-rounded education and producing free-thinking students. In these pages, readers will discover the Bethany of the past-including the vision of founder Alexander Campbell, the inspiration of the Christian Church that supports Bethany's mission, the beautiful historic architecture, the athletic moments that rallied school pride, and the great legacy of alumni and faculty. Accompanied by informative captions, vintage photographs collected from the Archives and Special Collections of the T.W. Phillips Memorial Library capture the Bethany experience, offering readers a unique opportunity to celebrate this institution's vibrant history.
About the Author
Historian Brent Carney, author of Images of America: Wheeling and Wheeling in Vintage Postcards, has compiled this fitting tribute to a West Virginian academic gem. Bethany College is a must-have for all who cherish this historic school and its wonderful legacy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is a picture book that reminds one of a college yearbook. The pictures provide a wealth of knowledge for anyone interested in learning about Bethany College, a Disciples of Christ college established by Alexander Campbell.I particularly enjoyed the first four (of ten chapters) entitled Alexander Campbell, Bethany, Architecture, and Legends and Landmarks. I was especially pleased to see, on p. 16, a photo of the Class of 1858, which included T. V. Berry and C. C. Moore. Unfortunately, individuals in the photo are not specifically identified, but it is nonetheless nice to see.Chapter nine, Notable Bethanians, was also a favorite, as I learned of several "famous" people who are alumni of the College.There is no index, but due to its size and organization, the book is fairly easy to navigate and a joy to read.