Topic: Pawling Hall and the Civil War
Presenter: Dr. James Klotter, Professor of History and State Historian of Kentucky
Pawling Hall, the second-oldest building on campus (completed in 1844) serves as the primary offices and classrooms for humanities departments including English, History, Philosophy, and Religion; yet, its original purpose was to provide the first permanent dormitory facilities on campus. The building has survived a history of fires: the first in 1882, another in 1891 and again in 1916, in which the fire completely gutted the building. Beyond its housing functions, Pawling served as a hospital, during an influenza epidemic in 1918. Learn about this hall from the State Historian of Kentucky, Dr. Jim Klotter.