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150 Moments: A.A. Smith House, built in 1885 and restored to College in 2008

A.A. Smith House, restored
In the 1880s, the A.A. Smith House was a social center and home to the College’s first president. Its legacy continues today and into the future.

In 2008, Bart and Maricela ’99 Madden donated the A.A. Smith House at 28 S. Loomis St. and most of its contents to North Central College. The Maddens had purchased the house in 1999 and spent years renovating and furnishing it in the Eastlake Victorian style in which it was originally designed.

150 Moments: President Lawrence H. Seager, 1911-1916

President Lawrence H. Seager
North Central College’s fourth president was Lawrence H. Seager, a North-Western College graduate and minister, who served as president from 1911 to 1916.

North Central College’s fourth president was Lawrence Hoover Seager, a North-Western College graduate and minister, who served as president from 1911 to 1916.

Born in Fremont, Ohio, he came to Naperville with a desire to enter the ministry. Seager attended Ohio Northern University and graduated in 1886. He then enrolled at North-Western College as a senior in the Latin-Scientific Course and graduated in 1887 with a bachelor of science degree.

New book celebrates 150-year history of North Central College

North Central College's Sesquicentennial is celebrated and explored in the new book, “North Central College: 150 Years. A Promising Start.”

Oct. 20, 2011—A new book celebrates the 150-year history of North Central College.

The book, “North Central College: 150 Years. A Promising Start.” traces the College’s history from the founders who established the school in 1861 through present day.

150 Moments: President Herman J. Kiekhoefer, 1889-1910

150 Moments: President Herman J. Kiekhoefer, 1889-1910

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Herman Julius Kiekhoefer was born in northern Germany and emigrated with his family to the United States as a child, settling in Wisconsin in 1862. He entered Galesville University and graduated in 1872.



150 Moments: President Henry H. Rassweiler, 1883-1888

150 Moments: President Henry H. Rassweiler, 1883-1888

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The second president of North Central College, Henry H. Rassweiler, was born in Orwigsburg, Pa., in 1842. In 1857, his family left Pennsylvania for Illinois, where Rassweiler began his teaching career at age 17.

He enrolled at Plainfield College in 1862 and continued to teach grammar school while pursuing his studies until he graduated in 1868 as the first student with a bachelor of science degree. Immediately after his graduation from North-Western College, he was appointed professor of mathematics and natural science.



150 Moments: President Augustine A. Smith, 1861-1883

150 Moments: President Augustine A. Smith, 1861-1883

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On Nov. 11, 1861, the Evangelical Association opened a new institution—Plainfield College—in Plainfield, Ill., and called upon Augustine A. Smith to be its first president.

Smith was born and raised in Massachusetts and started teaching at age 17. He served at two Evangelical institutions in Ohio, as a principal at the Grand River Institute in Austinburg and as president of Greensburg Seminary.



150 Moments: First Homecoming

150 Moments: First Homecoming

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In this edition of 150 Moments, leading up to North Central College’s 11.11.11 Sesquicentennial Celebration, the College’s first Homecoming is spotlighted.



150 Moments: Plainfield College

150 Moments: Plainfield College

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In the final weeks leading up to North Central College’s 11.11.11 Sesquicentennial Celebration, North Central Pride will present moments from our College’s 150-year history. This moment features the birth of Plainfield College.



Students participate in film festival Verandah course

North Central students, faculty enjoying film festival Verandah course
North Central College students joined Associate Professor of Speech Communication Steve Macek for a Verandah course at the Chicago International Film Festival.

Eight North Central College students joined Associate Professor of Speech Communication Steve Macek during the weekend of Oct. 7-9 for a Verandah course at the annual Chicago International Film Festival.

The festival features contemporary films from countries around the world that often don’t receive mainstream attention or distribution. Macek, who is also coordinator of Urban and Suburban Studies and an instructor for the Chicago Term, developed the film festival Verandah, which was offered for the first time this fall term.

North Central College alumna’s work at Naper Settlement featured

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Lauren Visher, a 2007 alumna of North Central College, is featured in The Naperville Sun for her work with Naper Settlement.

Oct. 10, 2011—Lauren Visher, a 2007 alumna of North Central College, is featured in The Naperville Sun for her work with Naper Settlement.

Visher spoke about her work as part of The Sun’s “Five Questions” feature. She said as a young girl, she enjoyed volunteering at the Settlement and giving tours. She graduated from Naperville Central High School and majored in musical theatre at North Central.

She enjoys her work as special events coordinator at Naperville’s “living history museum.”

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