Tuesday, April 27, 2010

SBU Anniversary of The College Fire of 1910

Southwest Baptist University News Release
Contact: Sharina Smith, Office of Marketing & Communications
417-328-1803 / scsmith@sbuniv.edu

BOLIVAR, Mo. – Southwest Baptist University invites the public to a free presentation, “The Curious Case of South West Baptist Academy of William Jewell College, Western Baptist College & The Fire of 1910,” on Thursday, May 13, from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. in Meyer Recital Hall, Casebolt Music and Fine Arts building on the Bolivar campus.

The presentation is designed to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the fire that destroyed the college on June 1, 1910, and address some of the questions that continue to swirl around that devastating fire:
Why was William Jewell College involved?
Why did Western Baptist College (African-American) hold a deed to SWBC?
Why didn't the fire department respond immediately when first called?
Was it arson or just an unfortunate accident?

According to the SBU Archives, “You will see the images.  You will see the headlines.  You will hear the words of the people of that era.  To get a true sense of history.... attend this special event.”


Southwest Baptist University is a leader among private universities in truly integrating Christ-centered academic pursuits with comprehensive professional programs at an affordable price. Since 1878, the faculty and staff have created a caring, academic community to prepare students to be servant leaders in a global society. The University has been named one of America’s Best Christian Colleges® for 13 consecutive years, one of America’s 100 Best College Buys® for 14 consecutive years, and it has been named among institutions with America’s Best College Scholarships ® for the past three years by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc. For more information, visit www.SBUniv.edu.

SBU’s Office of Marketing & Communications is available to news media 24/7 at 417-399-7918.