Eastern Kentucky 1906-1956

Campus History Series

Author: Jacqueline Couture, Deborah Whalen, and Chuck Hill

Located in Richmond, Kentucky, Eastern Kentucky University has a distinguished record of 100 years of educational service to the commonwealth. Founded in 1906 as a normal school, Eastern evolved into a teachers college, then a state college, and finally a university. As EKU serves the Eastern Kentucky region, it is becoming an institution of national distinction, well known as a comprehensive public university dedicated to high-quality instruction, service, and scholarship. This volume covers the first 50 years of a regional college that, at first, focused on educating teachers for the classroom, aided by the establishment of a model training school. The mission soon expanded to include programs such as business, home economics, music, and industrial arts. Eastern Kentucky University; 1906-1956 illustrates the university’s emergence through over 200 images from EKU Archives that capture the “Campus Beautiful,” athletic competition, teacher training, academics, and student life.

Authors Jacqueline Couture, Deborah Whalen, and Chuck Hill are currently employed by the Eastern Kentucky University Archives. In the course of reorganizing a large photograph collection, they discovered a wealth of unpublished images that they felt would be of interest in Eastern Kentucky University’s centennial year.