- Died on this date: Mary Bowen
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.
- 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.