Hardin College and Conservatory of Music

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Hardin College and Conservatory of Music (1858 – 1931) was a women's college located in Mexico, Missouri.


John W. Million was president in 1900 and the previous presidents were A. W. Terrill, Priscilla Baird (Mrs. H. T. Baird), and A. K. Yancy. Oscar B. Smith was president from 1930 until Hardin closed in 1931.[1][2] Along with seven other women's colleges in Missouri – Stephens, Christian, Lindenwood, Cottey, Howard Payne, William Woods, and Central Female College – Hardin College and Conservatory of Music was one of the original members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society for two-year colleges. Hardin was designated as the Alpha Chapter in 1918, though the chapter later moved to Stephens when it developed bachelor's degree programs. One of Hardin's buildings, Presser Hall, has been restored and is used by a local community group. Another building, Richardson Hall, is used by Mexico Public Schools.

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  1. ^ "An Honor to Hardin College and a Credit to the Bairds--The Levee". Mexico, Missouri: The Mexico Weekly Ledger. June 18, 1885. p. 3. Retrieved August 8, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ Baker, T. Lindsay; Baker, Julie Philips (1996). The WPA Oklahoma Slave Narratives. Norman, Oklahoma: University of Oklahoma Press. p. 41. ISBN 978-0-8061-2859-7. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Clark, James G. History of William Jewell College. 1893.
  • Conard, ed. Encyclopedia of the History of Missouri, vol. I. 1901. p. 140 and vol. III, pp. 173–74
  • Williams, Walter. The State of Missouri. 1901. pp. 197–210

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Coordinates: 39°09′53″N 91°52′55″W / 39.16477°N 91.88184°W / 39.16477; -91.88184