From the Book:
Southeast Indiana Day Trips
This podcast recounts the history of one of Indiana’s first colleges to admit women, the Moore’s Hill Male and Female Collegiate Institute. The college was established in 1854 and opened to students in 1856. It was one of only two colleges that admitted women in Indiana.
Three story Moore’s Hall was constructed that year and served as the only building on the campus until 1908. The first female graduate was Jane S. Churchill in 1858. The college changed its name to Moores Hill College in 1887.
Carnegie Hall was constructed in Moores Hill and would serve as the college’s main classroom. Moore’s Hall became the student dormitory after that.
Moore’s Hill High School
After the college moved to Evansville in 1917 the former college became the site for Moore’s Hill High School. The nickname for the school was the Moore’s Hill Bobcats. The high school closed in 1968. Carnegie Hall has been restored and currently serves as a museum, event venue and community center.
Podcast – Road Trip to Indiana’s First Coed College
Greetings, today we return to Southeast Indiana and visit the site of Indiana’s first coed college, Carnegie Hall, in Moores Hill. Listeners can find complete information about Carnegie Hall and other places around southeastern Indiana by purchasing my book, Southeast Indiana Day Trips from my Road Trip Indiana Series. This is the first book in the series and the only one available now. I will have the rest, there will be 9 altogether, as the year progresses. With rising gas prices many Hoosiers, including my wife and myself, are choosing to vacation closer to home. Using this podcast, I will tell you about the many places here in Indiana you can visit and have some unique and fun experiences.
Visitors to Carnegie Hall in Moore’s Hill, Indiana will find a unique structure with a unique history involving one of Indiana’s, and probably the United States’, earliest colleges to admit women.
Moore’s Hill Male and Female Collegiate Institute
Established in 1854 by members of the Methodist Church, the Moore’s Hill Male and Female Collegiate Institute was one of only two colleges in Indiana that admitted women. Built on land donated by Moore’s Hill founder John Collins Moore, the original building, Moore Hall, stood on the western border of Dearborn County. The college received its charter in 1854 and opened by September 9, 1856. The school served students from first grade level through the baccalaureate level. An academy/preparatory department covered high school subjects and after 1871, the course study included a “normal school,” that offered teacher training. College level classes included studies of the classics, music, art, and science. Later on the school taught classes in agriculture and commercial courses. The first graduate in 1858 was Miss Jane S. Churchill. The school changed its name to Moore’s Hill College in 1887. Moore’s Hall was a three-story building that became the dormitory for students after Carnegie Hall opened in 1908.
The Crapsey and Lamm architectural firm of Cincinnati designed the two and a half story limestone Collegiate Gothic-Jacobethan Revival building with raised basement. The college by 1905 had outgrown Moore’s Hall. The college’s new president, Dr. Frank Clare English appealed to famous industrialist Andrew Carnegie to donate funds for a new building. Carnegie agreed to grant the college $18,750, which was half the proposed cost of $37,500 to build the new building. The fund raising effort was successful and on June 12, 1907, workers laid the cornerstone of the building. Work on the new building was completed on June 18, 19O8 and named Carnegie Hall after Andrew Carnegie. Moore’s Hall became the dormitory for students attending Moore’s Hill College.
Moore’s Hill College had funding problems. On November 4, 1915, Moore’s Hall burned down. The college could not afford to build a new dormitory, thus the decision was made to move the college to Evansville, Indiana, which had raised $500,000 to get the college. Thus, in 1917 the college moved to Evansville and became Evansville College on February 17, 1919. Most historians consider Evansville College a continuation of Moore’s Hill College and not a new college. Carnegie Hall found use as Moore’s Hill High School until the school closed in 1968.
Visitors to Carnegie Hall will find it a restored treasure. The museum features a wonderful museum on the first floor chronicling its days when it served as Moore’s Hill High School. Another room houses an early selection of early typewriters. The Carnegie Hall Auditorium is useful for live performances, music concerts and other events suitable for a small venue. Plans include using the basement, which has a large kitchen, as a site for receptions, reunions and other events. The dedicated volunteers of the Carnegie Historic Landmarks organization have worked hard to restore the building and plan more additions to this wonderful building. Interested visitors can have a guided tour of the building by contacting the phone number listed below. A visit to this unique building is well worth the time spent.
Visitors wishing to tour the facility may contact”
Carnegie Historic Landmarks
14687 Main Street
PO Box 118
Moore’s Hill, IN 47032
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