On this dateEdit
- in 1853, Frances Wood and Cindarella Gregory begin teaching classes at the "Mount Carroll Seminary", then consisting of a leaky room in the Mount Carroll Presbyterian church, with eleven pupils.
- Members of the first class: Mary E. White, Fannie E. Pierce, Lydia A. Orcutt Petty, Adaline Yontz, Eveline Yontz, Ellen Yontz Miles, Amanda Van Alstine Swaggart, Celia A. Harris Tate, Sophia Neely Frazier, Mary Bartholomew, Fannie E. Bartholomew Bailey.
- May 11 has often been celebrated as Founder's Day at Shimer College. Observation of Founder's Day as a distinct holiday has waxed and waned through Shimer history.
- Frances Shimer, 1853:
Thank heaven we are in rooms of our own.
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