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North Central College history on display at Naper Settlement

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The exhibit, “150 Years: A Promising Start” at Naper Settlement’s Heritage Gallery echoes the theme of the College’s Sesquicentennial celebration. Throughout the exhibition—which runs through mid-June 2012 at Naper Settlement’s Pre-Emption House Visitor Center, 523 S. Webster St.—admission will be free to all North Central College students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Viewing hours during October are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. From November through March, hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.

Kim Butler, College archivist, says, “It's been fascinating to collaborate with Naper Settlement on the development of this exhibit. I’m excited to have such a wonderful facility showcasing the College’s history for the Sesquicentennial year and it’s going to be a great opportunity for visitors to learn about the vibrant history of such an important local institution.”

Jennifer Bridge, curator of exhibits and interpretation at Naper Settlement, adds, “I’ve always been fascinated with the stories of the College’s founding, its ties to the Evangelical Association and the richness of student life and how it’s changed over time. We also wanted to depict the close relationship between the community and the College.”

The first day of classes at Plainfield College—North Central College’s original name—was held on Nov. 11, 1861. In 1870, the college moved from Plainfield to Naperville with the laying of the cornerstone for Old Main, the limestone building that housed all campus operations for its first 30 years in Naperville.

North Central College is planning numerous Sesquicentennial events and projects throughout 2011 and into 2012. Visit northcentralcollege.edu/150 for additional details.