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About Midway College | Midway College - 4 views

  • Midway College, formerly the Kentucky Female Orphan School, was the dream of Dr. Lewis Letig Pinkerton, a young physician and minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Together with James Ware Parrish, the Midway Christian Church elder who raised the funds necessary to open the school, they joined with other progressive thinkers to launch a revolutionary Midwayal experiment. In antebellum Kentucky, the few girls who received formal Midway were taught to read only because it was considered necessary for their role as mothers. When they reached adulthood, they would read the Bible to their children. Female orphans were rarely offered even this meager amount of schooling. Without Midway or parental support and concern, the most many could hope for was a lifetime of drudgery as a maid or laborer. The liberal arts curriculum and career preparation proposed by Dr. L. L. Pinkerton was a comprehensive solution to this tragic situation, and the benefits reached far beyond the individual girls who attended the school. Dr. L. L. Pinkerton’s dream became a reality as Midway-educated teachers went forth to share their learning with youngsters throughout the state and region. In the years since its inception, the institution has evolved to meet the Midwayal needs of women while preserving the goals and standards of its founders. Today, Midway College has achieved its goal of excellence in Midway, providing advanced instruction in a broad range of subjects based upon a strong liberal arts curriculum. The campus and programs have grown with the school’s enrollment, yet many of the traditional ideals Midway was founded on have remained constant. The college's affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) remains strong and many members of the student body are active members of Christian Church congregations.
  • This academic balance remains true to Dr. L. L. Pinkerton's vision, and is as carefully structured to enrich today's student as was the original curriculum in pre-Civil War times.
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    Great picture of some female students. Also a description of a females education, or lack of, in antebellum KY.
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President's Message - 0 views

  • President Handley laid before us a challenging vision: "Enhance the opportunities for women in mathematics, science, and technology through the construction of a state of the art Mathematics, Science, and Technology Center, and enhance our service to adults seeking accelerated degree completion programs."
  • Throughout the life of this institution one question has remained and ultimately been asked of each generation. The question, answered differently through the years, is
  • "How can we best meet the needs of women in Kentucky through education?"
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  • We are a diverse institution poised to deepen our mission of service to underserved women and men in Kentucky.
  • Moreover, it is appropriate today to remember as well the generations of young women and now men who have sought better lives under instruction from capable, caring faculty. A legacy of caring at Midway College is personified in our third century of service by many of our employees. Over the course of the last four years Dr. Handley and I have been privileged to meet many of our graduates both near and far. I recall one such meeting with a brilliant woman on the West Coast who graduated from here several decades ago when the school was operating as the Kentucky Female Orphan School. I remember thinking, this woman must have left Midway and pursued a Bachelor's degree and then on in academe. But no she hadn't. She left here upon completion of grade 12. Here she had been exposed to the best of literature, and was required to take advanced instruction in mathematics, and composition. Midway faculty worked diligently to prepare women such as she because they had no safety net other than their ability to think. We serve many students in this same circumstance today and our faculty is just as diligent and committed as they were the past two centuries. To all of our alumni, I say we will keep the faith, and require much of our students academically. We will also strive to engender character, character that counts and give expression in servanthood to humanity. We will retain the character of our pedagogy as a Women's College while continuing to expand our accelerated degree programs for adults.
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    I think our group project is going to find our service learning mission within this letter.
Randolph Hollingsworth

KentuckyFemaleOrphanSchool-Midway - 1 views

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    http://kdl.kyvl.org/images/knu/1987ph2/2894.jpg Digital ID: KNU-1987PH2-2894 Woodford County, Kentucky. Kentucky Female Orphan School: Many girls at the Kentucky Female Orphan School, Midway, Ky. are daughters of Southern Railway men. In the background are several original buildings of the school which opened in 1849. Date: 1900 - 1954 Creator: Dunn, C. Frank, 1883-1954 Collection Guide: C. Frank Dunn Photographs Collection, 1900-1954, bulk 1920-1940. Contributing Institution: Kentucky Historical Society For permissions and copies, contact the Kentucky Historical Society, Imaging Services, (502) 564-1792 ext. 4423. Persistent URL for catalog entry: http://name.kdl.kyvl.org/KNU-1987PH2-2894
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http://mdwc.elearnportal.com/info/info_main.cfm - 0 views

  •  Midway College, formally the Kentucky Female Orphan School was the brainchild of Dr. Lewis Letig Pinkerton, a young physician and minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Together with James Ware Parrish, the church elder who raised the funds necessary to open the school, they joined with other progressive thinkers to launch a revolutionary Midwayal experiment.
  •  In antebellum Kentucky, the few girls who received formal education were taught to read only because it was considered necessary for their role as mothers. When they reached adulthood, they would read the Bible to their children. Female orphans were rarely offered even this meager amount of schooling. Without education or parental support and concern, the most many could hope for was a lifetime of drudgery as a maid or laborer. The liberal arts curriculum and career preparation proposed by Dr. Pinkerton was a comprehensive solution to this tragic situation, and the benefits reached far beyond the individual girls who attended the school. Dr. Pinkerton�s dream became a reality as education-educated teachers went forth to share their learning with youngsters throughout the state and region.
  •  The campus and programs have grown with the school�s enrollment, yet many of the traditional ideals Midway was founded on have remained constant. The college's affiliation with the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) remains strong and many members of the student body are active members of Christian Church congregations.
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This Months Issue - KentuckyLiving Magazine - Kentucky Living - 0 views

  • 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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Midway College - Facts, Information, and Encyclopedia Reference article - 0 views

  • school motto Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself,
  • educated girls orphaned by epidemics and the harsh existence of early Kentuckians.
  • has served, at various times, as a elementary and high school, a junior college, and since 1989, a fully accredited baccalaureate-granting institution.
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  • Dr. Lewis Letig Pinkerton, a physician and minister of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), spearheaded the effort to start the first school in the United States to educate orphaned girls.
  • Originally training women to be teachers or homemakers
  • Alma Mater (School Song) Here banded together, dear Old Alma Mater Secure in our heritage by old girls bequeathed, Led by their conquests and the future offered, We trust to thy wise guidance, thy voice of wisdom heed, We trust to thy wise guidance, our youth and its need. Then forth from thy doors, dear Alma Mater send us, All ready to honor thee wher'ere we may be, Strong in self-knowledge, wise in understanding We sing now to thy glory, our strength thy victory, We sing now to thy glory, we offer to thee. Original words by Lucy Peterson, 1906-1962,
Randolph Hollingsworth

Kentucky Female Orphan School: Picture in C. Frank Dunn Photographs Collection in Kentuckiana Digital Library - 1 views

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    Thought this picture might be useful in the project on Female Orphan School to examine issues of class and race in the models of Kentucky womanhood projected from the school administrators for advertising purposes and/or fundraising. The role of the railroad and coal industries in the school could be examined also. Notes from KDL site: Woodford County, Kentucky. Kentucky Female Orphan School: Many girls at the Kentucky Female Orphan School, Midway, Ky. are daughters of Southern Railway men. In the background are several original buildings of the school which opened in 1849. Date: 1900 - 1954.
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Scriptural Because We've Always Done It! - Robertson - 0 views

  • "The first orphan home under a board of directors, and supported by churches of Christ, since the beginning of the Restoration was organized in Midway, Ky. The charter for this home, known as the Kentucky Female Orphan School, was granted by the General Assembly February 23, 1847.
  • Although the name of this institution was Kentucky Female Orphan School, it was also a home.
  • Dr. Pinkerton was interested in the education of girls it was natural that his desire to be of help to orphan girls should take the form of a school which should be to them not only a home, but also a means of education.'
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  • these men were the leaders of such forward movements as (1) Cooperative meetings; (2) Organized cooperation; (3) Bible Society; (4) Church support of Schools; (5) American Christian Missionary Society; (6) Mechanical Instrumental Music in the worship! If at any time these forward works were (or are) opposed, you are a "crank" and have a "hobby." These men of the forward movement are the kind of men brother Totty delights in being identified with; and the works of these men are the kind of works brother Totty delights in defending, according to his Advocate article.
  • "What was in the mind of Pinkerton from the beginning of his 'meditations' on the subject, and that which Parrish and Johnson and their colleagues approved, was not an 'orphanage' or an 'orphan asylum,' but a school for orphan girls equal in dignity and in its prescribed courses of study to 'any seminary or academy within the State'" (
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Rosenwald, Julius - 0 views

  • He is best known as a part-owner and leader of Sears, Roebuck and Company, and for the Rosenwald Fund, which donated millions to support the education of African Americans and other philanthropic causes in the first half of the twentieth century.
  • Over the course of his life, Rosenwald and his fund donated over $70 million to public schools, colleges and universities, museums, Jewish charities, and black institutions. The school building program was one of the largest programs administered by the Rosenwald Fund, contributing over $4 million in matching funds to the construction of over 5,000 schools throughout America. These schools became known as "Rosenwald Schools."
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    Midway Woman's Club participated in community programs offered by the Sears and Roebuck company.
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Kroger - Company Information - Community - Neighbor to Neighbor - 0 views

  • Kroger focuses its charitable giving in several key areas: hunger relief; K-12 education; grassroots service organizations; and women’s health. In addition, Kroger supports organizations that promote the advancement of women and minorities, The Salvation Army and American Red Cross.
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    Kroger is still involved with charitable giving to communities like the Midway Woman's Club was awarded.
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