In celebration of Weatherford College’s sesquicentennial, local historian Jon Vandagriff will speak about the Methodist history of Weatherford College at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at First United Methodist Church in Weatherford. A reception will follow.
Although originally established by the Phoenix Masonic Lodge in 1869, Weatherford College was owned and operated by the Methodist Church for more than 60 years – from 1885 until WC became a public institution with the creation of the Parker County Junior College District in 1949. That period included a stint as a branch of Southwestern University, another Methodist institution in Georgetown.
“Weatherford College is known for its caring culture and its commitment to improving the human condition, and I believe this is no small part due to our history and heritage,” said Dr. Tod Allen Farmer, college president. “We appreciate the church and Pastor Joseph Nader for hosting us, and I’m looking forward to learning more about our college’s history from Mr. Vandagriff.”
Honored as the 2019 WC Alumnus of the Year, Vandagriff recently wrote “Weatherford College: The First 150 Years,” a pictorial history book about his alma mater. He also served as the keynote speaker at the inaugural WC Interdisciplinary Academic Conference where he also spoke about the college’s history.
First United Methodist Church is located at 301 South Main Street in Weatherford, and the public is invited to Sunday’s free event.