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  • According to the last known history of the Kentucky Female Orphan School, written by Harry Giovannoli and published in 1930: “…for a long period prior to 1850, when a well-planned common school system was inaugurated, and in fact for many years afterward in remote sections of the State, thousands of children capable of becoming part and parcel of the bone and sinew of the Commonwealth were denied the poorest educational advantages.”
  • Females were routinely excluded and orphan girls had virtually no hope of breaking through the social barriers until the arrival of Lewis Letig Pinkerton—“the young physician, evangelist, and educator, who had surrendered promises of a brilliant professional career in another State to come to Kentucky…to preach the unsearchable blessings of the gospel to rich and poor alike.”
  • Rev. Pinkerton, minister at Midway’s first Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), dared to dream a dream of reaching out to female orphans to prepare them mainly for careers as teachers, heretofore underpaid and all too often poorly prepared. Rev. Pinkerton and other residents of the little town of Midway and Woodford County successfully waged the campaign to raise the initial funds to meet a challenge that would inspire others for the next 157 years.
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  • There’s a tradition at graduation, which connects the generations. Candles are lit and floated along Lee Branch, the little stream at the foot of Mount Hope. All those whose candles remain lighted and pass beneath the little bridge on the Pathway to Opportunity will have their wishes granted.The symbolism is important, but the reality lies in hard work, inspired administration, and a Commonwealth that understands true value.The Midway College tradition is as bright as a lighted candle for all those who strive for excellence, fountain for larger streams.
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