Wartburg Historical Timeline

1850s

  • Wilhelm Löhe sends Georg Grossmann to establish teachers seminary

1860s

  • First use of the name "Wartburg," 1857

1880s

  • Dedication of Old Main, 1880
  • College moves from Mendota and combines with normal school in Waverly, 1885
  • First use of the name "Wartburg College," 1885

1890s

  • First female student, Cordella Grossmann, 1896
  • First band, 1898

1900s

  • First student publication: Wartburg Quarterly, 1906

1910s

  • Wartburg Hall, 1913
  • Grossmann Hall, 1919

1920s

  • Wartburg Artist Series begins, 1920
  • Little Theatre/Players Theatre (first used as gymnasium, 1920)
  • Luther Hall 1925
  • Coeducation introduced, 1928

1930s

  • Eureka Lutheran College, Eureka, S.D., merges with St. Paul-Luther, St. Paul, Minn.
  • St. Paul-Luther merges with Wartburg College in Waverly, where the college remains to the present
  • Founding of the Wartburg Choir, 1937

1940s

  • North Central accreditation, 1948
  • Knights Gymnasium, 1949

1950s

  • KWAR Radio, 1951
  • Luther Hall South Wing, 1952
  • First African-American students, 1952
  • College celebrates centennial, 1952
  • Student Union, 1955
  • Liemohn Hall of Music, 1956
  • Schield Stadium, 1957
  • Homuth Library, 1959

1960s

  • Neumann Auditorium, 1960
  • Student Union Addition, 1964
  • Becker Hall of Science, 1967

1970s

  • Engelbrecht Library, 1972
  • P.E. Center, 1978

1980s

  • Whitehouse Business Center, 1984
  • Old Main Renovation, 1986
  • P.E. Center Wrestling/Weight Room Addition, 1987

1990s

  • Fine Arts Center, 1991
  • McElroy Communication Arts Center, 1991
  • Wartburg Chapel, 1994
  • Rada-Aleff Classroom Technology Center, 1995
  • Commission Wartburg, 1999
  • Vogel Library, 1999

2000s

  • Knights Village, 2000
  • Walston-Hoover Stadium, 2001
  • Student Center, 2004
  • Science Center, 2004
  • Wartburg-Waverly Sports & Wellness Center, 2007

Saginaw, Michigan
Saginaw, Michigan
1852-53

Dubuque, Iowa
Dubuque, Iowa
1853-57

St. Sebald, Iowa
St. Sebald, Iowa
1857-68

Galena, Illinois
Galena, Illinois
1868-75

Mendota, Illinois
Mendota, Illinois
1875-85

Clinton, Iowa
Clinton, Iowa
1894-1935

Marching Band, 1907
Marching Band, 1907

Wartburg Hall, 1913
Wartburg Hall, 1913

Luther Hall, 1925
Luther Hall, 1925

Waverly, Iowa
Waverly, Iowa
1879-1933
1935-present