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A Liberal Arts College for Men

Photo from the W. Norwood Brigance Slide Collection, Ramsay Archives, Wabash College.

This is the first sign that stood on the corner of Grant and Wabash marking the College.  It was a Byron Trippet project in the 1930’s as an answer to the complaints of some of the Indianapolis alumni. The back story is that the Indy alums were complaining that the campus corner was shabby and not particularly welcoming. Trippet was given the task of “dressing it up” and this sign was his answer.

I love this sign as it tells who we are, what we do and how long we have been doing it. It is very simple and entirely straightforward. In the late 1950’s this sign was replaced with the more familiar wooden sign, which was later replaced with another, more substantial, wooden sign.

We now have a new sign on the corner and, while the reaction to it was mixed, to me the new sign is really rather similar to the first sign. Since Wabash was founded, things have been changing, like the campus location, the buildings and their uses and, of course, the curriculum.  In fact, I would say that the only thing that really stays the same at Old Wabash is that we are, as we always have been, a Liberal Arts College for Men…I guess the sign says it all.

Beth Swift