Seeing Higher Education outside of Siouxland, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon

14 Sep

On a recent trip I stopped in the small eastern Iowa town of Mt. Vernon and visited Cornell College. It has the distinction of being the first college west of the Mississippi to grant women the same rights and privileges as men, and, in 1858, awarded a degree to a woman. A church affiliated school it provides an opportunity to all people and was founded with the help of early locals who wanted to provide their children with an education beyond the one-room schools that dotted Iowa in the early century of its existence.

Cornell College is located in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Sunday Sep. 1, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I stopped by over the Labor Day weekend so the campus was deserted, but I was able to wander the grounds and see the buildings built in the 19th Century. Fascinated with architecture I enjoy visiting college campuses. Actually early century campuses and to imagine those folk over 100 years ago walking the same grounds, having similar ambitions that students have today and seeking to better understand prepare themselves for the world they would encounter as adults.

Chairs on campus such as these next to King Chapel can be found at various places on the campus of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Sunday Sep. 1, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

After a hard day of the books, students can find a little relaxation on a hammock on the campus of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Sunday Sep. 1, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

I found it interesting to find hammocks and chairs places about the campus and provide places for folk to stop and rest and enjoy nature on the grounds, shaded by many trees and decorated with plants that added a unique aspect to the architecture situated nearby.

Unique plants add interest such as this one near Allee Chapel on the campus of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Sunday Sep. 1, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

Sidewalks veered into many directions taking one to any of a number of places on campus. I wished I could have checked out some instructional buildings while there but sometimes those wishes don’t happen. But it was a nice walk and break from driving and a chance to learn more about the state and the state of education from a historical perspective.

Jerry Mennenga

Sioux City, Iowa

A network of sidewalks leads a visitor to various places throughout the campus of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Sunday Sep. 1, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

 

King Chapel dominates a part of the campus of Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Sunday Sep. 1, 2019. (photo by Jerry L Mennenga©)

2 Responses to “Seeing Higher Education outside of Siouxland, Cornell College, Mt. Vernon”

  1. Lindsey W September 16, 2019 at 10:48 am #

    I’m sure just a typo, but your photo captions say that Cornell College is in Mt. Vernon, ILLINOIS.

    • jerrymennenga September 16, 2019 at 12:55 pm #

      Lindsey,

      Thank you. Sometimes my fingers don’t know what my mind is thinking. It is Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

      jerry

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