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Exhibit Showcases Morningside College History

Post Date:09/06/2019 9:46 AM
The Sioux City Public Museum’s new exhibit, Morningside College: Celebrating 125 Years 1894-2019 explores the origins of Sioux City’s oldest college through historic photographs and memorabilia. Affiliated with the United Methodist Church, the private four-year liberal arts institution has endured periods of budgetary distress, wartime dislocation, disastrous fires and other trials while educating and developing more than six generations of students.

Along with letter jackets, jerseys, and yearbooks, the exhibit features a slideshow tracing the history of Morningside College. Among the nearly 90 photographs are images of the 1919 Notre Dame football game, the construction of important campus buildings, well-known faculty and administrators, and successful athletic teams, including recent national champions. 

Morningside College’s Founding
Morningside College rose from the wreckage of an earlier institution called the University of the Northwest (1890-1895). By 1894, it had become clear that the University of the Northwest was headed toward bankruptcy and nothing could be done to save it. In September 1894, university officials and members of the Northwest Iowa Conference of the Methodist-Episcopal Church developed on plan by which a new institution called Morningside College would replace the university following the 1894-1895 schoolyear. Articles of incorporation were filed in December 1894; the university’s campus was purchased the following April and the first classes at Morningside College began in September 1895.

The Morningside College: Celebrating 125 Years 1894-2019 exhibit will be on display until November 17, 2019. The Sioux City Public Museum is located at 607 4th Street in downtown Sioux City. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 1 to 5 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, call 712-279-6174 or visit
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