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WKU and the Pleasant J. Potter College: A Shared Heritage
University Archives WKU History (2007)
  • Lynn E. Niedermeier, Western Kentucky University
Opened in 1889, the Pleasant J. Potter College for Young Ladies was the first occupant of “the Hill” that is now home to Western Kentucky University. Day and boarding students pursued a liberal arts curriculum at this fashionable private school. Down the hill on College Street, at Henry Hardin Cherry’s Western Kentucky State Normal School (chartered in 1906), students often came from more humble backgrounds to study in a coeducational setting. Nevertheless, when Potter College closed in 1909 and WKU purchased its property, it absorbed some of the traditions of the young ladies’ college it replaced.
  • women's higher education,
  • women's private schools
Publication Date
July 3, 2007
Publisher Statement
Adapted with permission from echo, a WKU online magazine, March/April 2002; and Landmark Report, October 1998.
Citation Information
Lynn E. Niedermeier. "WKU and the Pleasant J. Potter College: A Shared Heritage" University Archives WKU History (2007)
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