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History of Lees-McRae You Did NOT Know!

History and Facts of lMC that most do not know.

Zachary Long

on 30 April 2010

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History of
Lees-McRae College That YOU DID NOT KNOW Mr. Tufts saw, however, that this effort was not enough and that there was a need for a boarding school, especially for the girls of the mountain region. A small amount of money was raised at a prayer meeting and the promise of lumber and labor made possible the opening in 1900 of a frame dormitory for fourteen girls and one teacher.
How It All Started Founded in 1900 by Reverend Edgar Tufts.

In the winter of 1899, concerned with the limited offering of the district school which was supplemented only by summer school work conducted by the church, Mr. Tufts took some of the young people of the neighborhood into his study for further instruction.

This small group, called the Class of 1900, marks the beginning of Lees-McRae College.

One of the summer school teachers was Elizabeth A. McRae, originally of South Carolina, who had been sent to Banner Elk by Fayetteville Presbytery. Knowing the devoted character of her work, Mr. Tufts, named the institute for her. A few years later, after a boys' department had been opened at Plumtree, he added the name of Mrs. McRae’s friend, Mrs. S.P. Lees of Kentucky and New York, who had been a generous benefactor.

Lees-McRae Institute became Lees-McRae College in 1931, gradually eliminating the high school department to form an accredited, coeducational junior college. In 1987 the Board of Trustees of Lees-McRae College voted to seek senior college status. In June of 1990 LMC beacame a senior (four-year) college. LMC HAS ALWAYS HAD ELECTRICITY
Via mostly hydroelectic power but also...
Electric Power Plant On the banks near the waterfall was a...
Saw Mill
Electric Light Dam
Grist Mill Fact 3
1909 LMI had a hospital department which lasted until late 60's until when the hospital moved off campus. 1933 Wildcat Lake built for Hydroelectric Power and built by students. Under TN, NC, VA
TN-Pinnicle Inn was an INN in the summer and in one wing of the building on the 1st Floor was the Library.
NC 1922-1938- was the GYM and Laundry Mat
VA-an indoor pool Emily Draughn's Ghost
Died from Tuberculosis at a tender age in Grace Memorial Hospital. Haunted Many, but very friendly and likes to play with everyone. Visits Tate, Virginia, and Tennessee Residential Halls, and also the Library. Her permanent residence is surprisingly in the Library. By: Zachary Long Thank You Summary:
Started in 1900
Called the Bulldogs until 1931
1st College Named after 2 Women
Highest College East of the Rockies
Presbyterian Church USA Affiliated
A Very Richful Past
Has electricity of some form since 1900
Has a Friendly Ghost on Campus
State of the Art Amities in 1930
Taught Great Medical Skills
A Bright Future
Nebel built in 1952 Grace Hospital III 1st Dorm 1900 Grace Hospital 1 and 2 Student Unuion Campus after 1952 Indoor Pool in Virginia Residenatial Hall North Carolina Building 1923 Tennessee Residenatial Hall
1925 Exchange 1952 Chaffee ALL 3 Fact 2
Amminties at LMI Fact 4 Fact 1 Looking Ahead History
Fact 1 (Power)
Fact 2 (Amenities in 1930)
Fact 3 (Hospital)
Fact 4 (Emily)
Fact 5 (Mascot)
Summary Fact 5
Our Mascot We were the Lees-McRae Bulldogs from 1900 until 19??

The Reason we were the Bulldogs was that the Tufts had a Bulldog named Jiggs they loved so much.

We changed to the Bobcats since we are in the mountains and they are native to the area.

The first reference to our athletic teams as Bobcats occurred
during the fall of 1946. That this was the first year since 1940 for intercollegiate football.

LMC like many institutions did not play because of the war. The schools were chartered by the state in 1907 as the Lees-McRae Institute. In 1927 Lees-McRae became coeducational when the boys unit was moved to Banner Elk after the buildings at Plumtree had been destroyed by fire.
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