In 2012, Bethel is celebrating its 125th year. Festivities are scheduled for Fall Festival and beyond. This web page is dedicated to sharing upcoming events and history of the college. Check back for updates and celebrate with us.
History of Bethel College
- Check out a timeline of the college’s history.
- Read a narrative about the college’s history.
- Learn about past presidents of Bethel College through picture and word.
- Reminisce about the Ad Building as you read memories of alumni.
- Discover pranks done throughout the years.
Bethel College history book
Oct 13, 2012, Schultz Student Center (part of Fall Festival)
The Legacy of Martin Luther King: A Bethel College Celebration
Monday, Jan. 18, 2010
This event commemorated the 50th anniversary of Dr. King speaking at Bethel College's Memorial Hall Jan. 21, 1960, on The Future of Integration as part of the Memorial Hall Lecture Series. The King Estate graciously granted permission to post the transcript and audio recording but only for the month of March 2010. For research purposes, a copy of the transcript and recording can be found in the Mennonite Library and Archives.
Fall Festival 2010
Saturday, Oct. 3, 2010
Images of BC Residence Life
Remember hall slides, making s’mores in the Haury fireplace, pigeons in the bathroom? This photo exhibit relived the best moments of college dorm life. Alumni and friends of the college lent original or copied photos or even whole scrapbooks from personal collections for this one-day display.
Buy a piece of history
When some repairs on two Ad Building steps could no longer be avoided, the limestone from those steps was used to mount small, solid brass threshing stones. Only 125 of the limited edition, numbered collectibles were created to celebrate Bethel’s 125th anniversary. The brass replica is approximately 3 inches long by 1 1/2 inches high, mounted on stone cut from two bottom steps that needed to be replaced in summer 2009. Pieces #1, #2 and #3 were auctioned off in front of the Ad Building at Fall Festival 2009. The last piece, #125, will be sold Oct. 13, 2012, at Fall Festival. All remaining pieces are currently for sale for $100 each. Stop by the bookstore and take home a piece of Bethel history.
1935 – When Bethel Was Young
Robert Kreider ’39, professor emeritus of peace studies, recalled the campus he encountered as an entering freshman in fall 1935. The retrospective included images and commentary about a campus in the shadow of the Great Depression – the era of FDR and Bethel president Ed G. Kaufman, and a time of rising expectations. Audience members were invited to share their memories.
Fall Festival 2008
Administration Building 120th birthday