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Olivet College

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1858–present. 320 S. Main St.
  • (Photograph by Kathryn Bishop Eckert)

The Reverend John J. Shipherd arrived here in 1844 with thirty-nine followers from Oberlin College in Ohio and founded Olivet Institute. In 1858 Olivet became a college dedicated to providing students with the means of intellectual, moral, and spiritual improvement without regard for race, gender, or ability to pay. The campus surrounds a green and stands on an oak- and maple-covered hill above the village of Olivet.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Olivet College", [Olivet, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 302-302.

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