University Press Releases Book Chronicling Truman’s History

The Truman State University Press has published David C. Nichols’ book, “Founding the Future: A History of Truman State University.”

In 1867 Joseph Baldwin founded the North Missouri Normal school to train young men and women of the area to teach in the new public schools being established throughout the state. During the next decades, the school continued to focus on training teachers for the public schools, but also developed a general education program. The curriculum gradually expanded into other fields of study and professional training.

Balancing tradition and innovation, the college built a strong foundation by providing superior liberal arts and sciences education in a student-centered learning environment. In 1985, Northeast Missouri State University was given a new mission as Missouri’s premier liberal arts and sciences institution. A decade later, the name was changed to Truman State University, reinforcing the change in mission.

Nichols’ book traces the University’s path as it evolved from a small, regional teachers college to a nationally recognized, highly selective liberal arts and sciences institution.

Insights from students, faculty and administrators included in the book provide a unique perspective of the University’s history.

The book sells for $34.95 and is available in local bookstores. Contact the Truman State University Press at 785.7336 for more information.
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