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Enduring Vision: from an Encampment to a Distinctive College - A History of History of George Williams College 1884-1961

The early history of George Williams College comes alive in a new book, Enduring Vision: From an Encampment to a Distinctive College by authors Rita Yerkes and Wilma Miranda.  The book traces the story of George Williams College from its foundation as the Western Secretarial Institute at Lake Geneva in 1885 to its establishment in Chicago to its move to Downers Grove, Illinois from 1884-1961.

According to Ryan Bean, Reference and Outreach Archivist, The Kautz Family YMCA Archives, at the University of Minnesota,

     "These two scholars from Illinois have crafted a wonderful narrative of the YMCAs efforts to
     establish a training school in the Midwest.  This training school founded with the goal of              professionalizing YMCA work matured and expanded in typical YMCA fashion to become           a pioneer in the areas of adult education, group work, physical education, recreation and             social work."


Authors Rita Yerkes and Wilma Miranda my be contacted for book presentations or signings by selecting this link: Contact Us.

Enduring Vision: From an Encampment to a Distinctive College may be purchased in hardbound copy from  or the e-book from the Kindle Book Store at