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"The Way to Knox"

The Way to Knox

"The Way to Knox"
photo by Roy Ned Landon

When Ned Landon (Knox College class of 1943) took this iconic photograph of "The Way to Knox" in the 1950s the elm trees along the walkway were already about 75 years old. The building in the center of the photograph is Knox College's Old Main, its main academic building since the founding of the College in 1837. The walkway connects the College via Standish Park Arboretum to the center of Galesburg, linking the College to the town. Galesburg itself was settled for the express purpose of founding a college.

In years past, "The Way to Knox" played an important role in the traditions of Knox College when processionals of faculty, administrators and students in full collegiate regalia walked from Old Main to the center of town to the Central Congregational Church for convocations and commencement ceremonies. Although those public traditions no longer take place in the same manner, the symbolism of the image of "The Way to Knox" still serves as a symbolic understanding of one entering the College, becoming part of the Knox community.

The photographs in this collection represent the history of Knox College. Browse or search the collection. Or, you may select a decade from this list:

 





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