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Institution Name: North Central College
Original/Historic Place Name: Evangelical Theological Seminary Campus
Location on Campus: School, North, Loomis, Brainard
Date(s) of Construction:
1870original construction; Old Main
Designer: unknown
Type of Place: Campus arrangement
Style: (Glossary)
Significance: education, religion
Narrative: see below
References: see below
ca. 1870-present (2006)master plan (campus)

The Evangelical Theological Seminary was founded in 1876 and was the only seminary of the Evangelical Association, a Protestant church body. In 1946, the Evangelical Church merged to form the Evangelical United Brethren, and in 1968 this church merged to form the United Methodist Church. In 1954, ETS and the College began the completely unique, cooperative venture of the College & Seminary Library, believing that a joint relationship would address the inadequacies of space in both institutions' previous locations. Following the merger of the United Methodist Church in 1968, ETS merged with Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois in 1974. The College raised funds and purchased these additional facilities, and they now serve as offices, classrooms, student housing and the college chapel.


North Central College & Naperville: A Shared History, 1870-1995. Naperville, IL: North Central College, 1995.

Roberts, Clarence N. A Clear & Steady Light: A Brief History of North Central College. Naperville, IL: North Central College, 1981.

Roberts, Clarence N. North Central College: A Century of Liberal Education, 1861-1961. Naperville, IL: North Central College, 1960.

Savage, Charles. A College In Its Community. Naperville, IL: North Central College, [n.d.].


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