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I love the community here at Bethel. We are a 500-member support group. I am going to miss that more than anything.
Elizabeth Shelly ’12

125th Anniversary

In 2012, Bethel College celebrated its 125th year.

Celebrate our long history by

Past events

  • 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
    Memorial Hall

    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

    Special Exhibit: 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.

    Audiovisual presentation: 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