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Reverend George Washington Gale Creates Educational Program 1826
Reverend George Washington Gale Creates Educational Program

Students Enroll at Oneida Institute 1827 - 1833
Students Enroll at Oneida Institute

Gale Names His Dream "Prairie College" 1834 - 1835
Gale Names His Dream "Prairie College"

Gale Releases His Circular and Plan 1/7/1836
Gale Releases His Circular and Plan

Knox Manual Labor College Granted Charter 2/15/1837
Knox Manual Labor College Granted Charter

The Knox Academy Opens 1838
The Knox Academy Opens

1839
First Public School in Galesburg

Knox and the Underground Railroad 1840
Knox and the Underground Railroad

Reverend Hiram H. Kellogg, Knox's First President; Classes Begin 1841 - 1842
Reverend Hiram H. Kellogg, Knox's First President; Classes Begin

1842 - 1843
Kellogg's Fundraising

President Kellogg Resigns, Blanchard Named President, and "West Bricks" Completed 1844 - 1845
President Kellogg Resigns, Blanchard Named President, and "West Bricks" Completed

College's First Commencement in Colony Church 1845 - 1846
College's First Commencement in Colony Church

Adelphi Literary Society Chartered; Female Collegiate Department Formed 1846 - 1847
Adelphi Literary Society Chartered; Female Collegiate Department Formed

1848
President Blanchard: Presidential Elector of Free Soil Party

Gnothautii Society Organized 1849 - 1850
Gnothautii Society Organized

1849 - 1850
Religious Schism

1850
First Female Graduates; Fugitive Slave Act Passed

1851
The Great Triumvirate; A Deepening Religious Schism

Lombard College Established 1852 - 1853
Lombard College Established

Galesburg's New Railroad Quadruples Town Population 1853 - 1854
Galesburg's New Railroad Quadruples Town Population

First Congregational Church Organized 1855
First Congregational Church Organized

Community debates the Nebraska Bill; Fremont Nominated as First Republican Presidential Candidate 1855 - 1856
Community debates the Nebraska Bill; Fremont Nominated as First Republican Presidential Candidate

Financial Stability; Female Seminary and Old Main Built 1856 - 1857
Financial Stability; Female Seminary and Old Main Built

Jonathan Blanchard Remains President; Enrollment Increases 1857 - 1858
Jonathan Blanchard Remains President; Enrollment Increases

1857
Blanchard and Gale Asked to Resign

Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Dr. Harvey Curtis Elected President 10/7/1858 - 1859
Lincoln-Douglas Debate, Dr. Harvey Curtis Elected President

Abraham Lincoln Receives Honorary Degree from Knox 1860
Abraham Lincoln Receives Honorary Degree from Knox

Civil War Affects Knox; Ladies' Moral Improvement Society is Founded 1861 - 1865
Civil War Affects Knox; Ladies' Moral Improvement Society is Founded

Lydia Howard Controversy Results in President Curtis's Resignation 1867
Lydia Howard Controversy Results in President Curtis's Resignation

1868
Rev. John Gulliver Elected and Resigns as President

College Park is Sold to City of Galesburg 1869
College Park is Sold to City of Galesburg

1870
Women Receive Bachelor of Arts Degrees

1873
Adelphi Organizes Contests; Illinois Collegiate Association Formed

Newton Bateman Named President 1875
Newton Bateman Named President

Samuel S. McClure and <i>The Knox Student</i> 1882
Samuel S. McClure and The Knox Student

Alumni Hall Built; Cornerstone Laid by President Benjamin Harrison 1891
Alumni Hall Built; Cornerstone Laid by President Benjamin Harrison

John Huston Finley, Class of 1887, Becomes President 1892
John Huston Finley, Class of 1887, Becomes President

1900
Thomas McClelland Becomes President

640 N. Prairie Built; Seal and "Veritas" adopted 1903
640 N. Prairie Built; Seal and "Veritas" adopted

1908
New Gymnasium; 50th Anniversary of the Lincoln-Douglas Debate

1909
Standish Donates $100,000; Carnegie Foundation Fundraising

1909
Experimenting with Autonomy: The Student Council

1910
The Academy Discontinued

1916
Socialist Seidel Visits Campus

1917 - 1922
Defining Student Cultures Through Campus Traditions

1917
Phi Beta Kappa Installs Chapter, 'The Knox Alumnus' Published

1918
Spanish Influenza in Galesburg

1920
Seymour Hall and Male Fellowship

1920
Adolph Ziggy Hamblin wins Hunter Trophy

1921
Seymour "Riots"

1923
An Inclusive Society

1925
Fraternities, Dances, and the Social Committee

Bridging Two Generations of Women's Education: Ellen Browning Scripps, 1859, and Scripps College 1926
Bridging Two Generations of Women's Education: Ellen Browning Scripps, 1859, and Scripps College

College Pranks 1927
College Pranks

1928 - 1928
Carl Sandburg Receives Honorary Degree on 70th Anniversary of Lincoln-Douglas Debate

1930
Lombard Students Complete Degrees at Knox

A Fortress on the Prairie 1930
A Fortress on the Prairie

1930 - 1930
Recovery and Rememberence: Old Main and the Centenary Celebration

Those Were the Days! 1940
Those Were the Days!

1941 - 1945
The Second World War

The Class of 1945: Women Only 1945
The Class of 1945: Women Only

1946
The Post-War Campus

Campus and Academic Improvement 1948 - 1963
Campus and Academic Improvement

1948
"If We Were Negroes"

1950
Race and the Fraternity Anti-Discrimination Movement

1950 - 1951
Honor System Established

1953
The Expulsion of Phi Sigma Kappa

1954
The Car Crash and Ban

1959
Civil Rights Trial

1960
Student Peace Union and the ROTC

1961
FBI Investigation of Knox: November

1961
Intellectualism in The Knox Student

1961
'The Knox Idea'

1961
FBI Investigation of Knox: December

1962 - 1963
Honnold Lectures

1963
Navajo Scholarships

1964
Freedom Summer

"Dialogue" 1964
"Dialogue"

1966
Lawyer for Jack Ruby Speaks About Civil Liberties

1968
Election Day Protests

1968
Students Protest George Wallace Rally

1968 - 1969
Old Siwash in the Sixties

1969
Allied Blacks for Liberty and Equality

1969
Campus Racial Symposium

1969
Women's Hours Ended

1969
FIJI Chapter Splits Over Exclusivity

Kent State and the Knox Student Sit-In 1970
Kent State and the Knox Student Sit-In

1970
First Navajo Scholar Graduates

1971
Science-Mathematics Center Opened

1972
Student Peace March

Inman Fox Named President of the College 1974
Inman Fox Named President of the College

1979
George Davis Hall renovated

John McCall Named President 1982
John McCall Named President

1987
150th Anniversary Sesquicentennial Symposia

1992
Campaign Raises $25 Million for Renovation Projects

Rick Nahm Named President 1993
Rick Nahm Named President

1993
Prairie Fire

1994
C-SPAN Broadcasts Debate Re-enactment

The Gale Scholars Program 1996
The Gale Scholars Program

Richard Millman Named President 1998
Richard Millman Named President

1999
President's Residence Dedicated as Ingersoll House

2001
Interim President Roger Taylor

Repairing a Knox Icon 2001
Repairing a Knox Icon

The Taylor Years 2002 - 2011
The Taylor Years

Knox Receives Grant for Alumni Hall 2002
Knox Receives Grant for Alumni Hall

2003
Innovation in Curriculum Design

An Energized Science Program 2004
An Energized Science Program

Knox Recognized as a 'Freedom Station' 2004
Knox Recognized as a 'Freedom Station'

2005
An End to Standardized Tests

"Hitch Your Wagon to Something Larger Than Yourself": Barack Obama at Commencement 2005
"Hitch Your Wagon to Something Larger Than Yourself": Barack Obama at Commencement

Looking for Lincoln 2005
Looking for Lincoln

Renewing Campus Fitness 2006
Renewing Campus Fitness

Largest Gift 2006
Largest Gift

"Say Yes!": Stephen Colbert Delivers the 2006 Commencement Address 2006
"Say Yes!": Stephen Colbert Delivers the 2006 Commencement Address

2007
Knox Included in National Underground Railroad Network

"Balance the Enjoyment of your Differences": Clinton Gives Commencement Address 2007
"Balance the Enjoyment of your Differences": Clinton Gives Commencement Address

Albright Gives Commencement Address 2008
Albright Gives Commencement Address

Knosher Bowl Unveiled 2008
Knosher Bowl Unveiled

2009
Teagle Grant Funds Assessment

Taylor Announces Retirement 2010
Taylor Announces Retirement

A New President 2011
A New President

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