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When the main college building burned to a cinder in 1913, the citizens of Sherman donated $50,000 for the construction of Sherman Hall. The stained glass windows on the second floor were dedicated to the memory of early trustees of the college, and a magnolia growing on the southwest corner of the building was planted by the first class of women to be admitted to Austin College in 1918. The tree was dedicated to the men of Austin College who died in service to their country in World War I.
The auditorium (chapel) was host to a wide variety of concerts, recitals, and special programs. The "Kappa Kapers," which were first performed by the women's sorority in the 1920s, constitute one of the longest standing traditions in the history of the auditorium. William Howard Taft spoke to a capacity crowd there in May 1919. Other notables who graced the Sherman Hall stage include Texas governors William Hobby, Sr. and Pat Neff, opera star Anna Case, and magician Harry Houdini.
Cummins, Light T. Austin College: A Sesquicentennial History, 1849-1999. Austin, TX: Eakin Press, 1999.
Cummins, Light T., and Edward Hake Phillips, eds. Footsteps to the Past: A Walking Tour of the Austin College Campus. Sherman, TX: Austin College, 1988.
Wallace, Percy Everett. "The History of Austin College." M. A. thesis, University of Texas, 1924.