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Title

Burnin' Down the Hall(s): The Story of UNI's Two Original Buildings, Central and Gilchrist Halls, and Their Ultimate Demise

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Abstract

145 years ago, the Iowa State Normal School held its first classes in what would soon be named Central Hall. Five years later, an additional building was added to the school campus and named Gilchrist Hall. After a few name changes, the college would settle on the name University of Northern Iowa and grow to the school we know and love today. This presentation, displayed via the ArcGIS Storymaps system, will cover weeks of archival research and 153 years of campus history to learn the story behind the University of Northern Iowa's first two buildings and what led to their demise.

Start Date

13-4-2021 1:00 PM

End Date

13-4-2021 2:00 PM

Faculty Advisor

Cheryl Dong

Department

Department of Communication and Media

Student Type

Undergraduate Student

Comments

This entry was part of the following session of the event:

  • Session title: Historical Analyses; Tuesday, April 13, 2021; 1:00 to 2:00 p.m.; Moderator: Benjamin Forsyth.

Electronic copy is not available through UNI ScholarWorks.

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Apr 13th, 1:00 PM Apr 13th, 2:00 PM

Burnin' Down the Hall(s): The Story of UNI's Two Original Buildings, Central and Gilchrist Halls, and Their Ultimate Demise

145 years ago, the Iowa State Normal School held its first classes in what would soon be named Central Hall. Five years later, an additional building was added to the school campus and named Gilchrist Hall. After a few name changes, the college would settle on the name University of Northern Iowa and grow to the school we know and love today. This presentation, displayed via the ArcGIS Storymaps system, will cover weeks of archival research and 153 years of campus history to learn the story behind the University of Northern Iowa's first two buildings and what led to their demise.