My daily post theme for 2017 is on Colleges and Universities.
The plan for starting my blog back in 2014 was at the urging of fellow coaching colleagues to share posts on leadership and/or motivation. Somehow that idea got derailed and turned into daily posts on one theme for an entire year.
In 2014 my daily posts were on the “Beer of the Day”, 2015 it was “A Friend of a Friend”, 2016 I wrote about “North Carolina”, and for 2017 I will focus on “Colleges and Universities”.
I have been associated with colleges since I was 18 and I love them. I have coached/worked at four different universities and in my professional and personal travels visited 100’s more. Each college has something in its history that I want to share that to me make it unique or personal.
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Name of University: Salem College
Location: Winston-Salem NC
Salem College is the oldest continuously operating educational institution for girls and women in the United States. The school has Moravian origins who believed that women should have the same educational opportunities as men.
The school was founded in 1772—four years before the Declaration of Independence. Responding to an invitation from the Moravian community leaders, sixteen women and girls traveled 500 miles, mostly on foot, from Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to what we now know as Winston-Salem in order to join the new village.
In its early years, the girls’ school at Salem was led by the unmarried women of the Moravian community, who were known as Single Sisters. The Single Sisters lived together and were economically self-sufficient, a rarity for women in the eighteenth century. The women all lived in the same house called the Single Sisters’ House.
The house is the earliest remaining building in the remarkable history of Salem Academy and College. The northern part of the building was constructed in 1785 to serve the Single Sister’s as housing and work space. The construction was delayed one year due to the brick originally prepared being used to rebuild the Salem Tavern after it was destroyed in a fire.
Nothing like a man’s desire for beer to trump all other priorities.