Red and photographer for the Blessings on State Bed and Breakfast, Tiffany Warmowski, headed to the Illinois College Campus to explore the grounds and learn a bit of interesting history behind the founding of the college. The first president of Illinois College was Edward Beecher who left his position at the Park Street Church in Boston (Red loves when it can tie things to home!) and helped shape the new College with New England traditions and academic foundations. His sister, Harriet Beecher Stowe, author of the influential anti-slavery novel, Uncle Tom’s Cabin, visited the campus, and his brother, Henry Ward Beecher, preached and lectured here. Beecher Hall, the first college building in Illinois, was built in 1829 and is still used today. Red just loved exploring the campus with Tiffany so much that they decided to head to another campus nearby to check out Tiffany's Alma Mater, MacMurray College. MacMurray is home to a beautiful campus and also the Annie Merner Chapel.
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