The Kansas Conference of Mennonites signed the charter for Bethel College on May 11, 1887, in Newton, Kansas. The first building was completed and classes began in 1893. Cornelius H. Wedel was the first president of the college, and he along with five colleagues taught classes in church history, German, English, mathematics, science, and music. Bethel College was a bilingual college until 1918 and the First World War.
Bethel College began to grow and expand in 1925, and its most recent building was completed in 2005. In 2011 there were over 500 students enrolled at Bethel College. In 1972, the Administration Building on campus was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
More information about the university’s history can be found at the Bethel College website.
Entry: Bethel College
Author: Haydan Vosburgh
Date Created: June 2012
Date Modified: July 2012
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