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Concordia College

by Wiley J. Williams, 2006

Dormitory of Concordia College, Conover, N. C.. Image courtesy of UNC Libraries. Concordia College was established in Conover in 1877 as Concordia High School by the Lutherans of the Tennessee Synod. It was converted into a college in 1881. The college began as a ministerial training school, although by 1919 it also offered programs in French, "mental science," "moral science," and pedagogy. The Depression years brought a gradual decline in enrollment, which had peaked at slightly over 100. On 16 Apr. 1935 the school's administration building burned, and later that year the Lutheran Church voted to close the college.





Gary R. Freeze, The Catawbans: Crafters of a North Carolina County, 1747-1900 (1995).

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A timeline of North Carolina colleges and universities, 1865–1900, Learn NC:

History of Concordia College:

Institutions of higher learning in North Carolina, NCDCR Digital Collections:

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Dormitory of Concordia College, Conover, N. C., ca 1906. Image courtesy of UNC Libraries. Available from (accessed November 9, 2012).

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