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Midway University releases new history book authored by President Emeritus Dr. Robert Botkin

Midway University has announced the release of the much-anticipated history book, “The Story of Midway University – How the Kentucky Female Orphan School Became Midway University.”

The book, authored by President Emeritus Dr. Robert R. Botkin, covers the founding of the school and follows it through its many changes from a one building school for orphan girls to its modern day history as a fully, coeducational university offering associate, baccalaureate, and master’s degrees with a campus now spanning 200-acres around its original footprint.

“Dr. Botkin is to be applauded for his dedication and many years researching and writing this new book,” said Donna Moore Campbell, Chair of the Midway Board of Trustees. “We are pleased to have worked with him to get it published. We also recognize our fellow trustee, Belinda Metzger, for her years of work in editing, acquiring photography, and getting it ready for publishing.”

“Midway’s history is one of continuous change and resilience,” said John P. Marsden, president of Midway. “Dr. Botkin has collected the many stories of those who helped establish the school through to the more modern-day challenges and triumphs as we transitioned to become Midway University.”

The book is available online through the Midway Eagle Outlet Store. The cost is $39.95 plus shipping. Although campus is currently closed, local pick-up can be arranged when ordering.

Established in 1847 in Midway, the Kentucky Female Orphan School with the quaint and archaic sounding name is today Midway University. The story of Midway University cannot be understood apart from Dr. L.L. Pinkerton. The doctor’s historical importance greatly transcends the early days of the school.

Constrained by the circumstances of frontier Kentucky, he nonetheless was a renaissance man, gifted with a penetrating intellect and possessing a prophetic moral heart. Yet Pinkerton ultimately paid the terrible price of hostile rejection by his church, many of his friends and colleagues. Why?

And how was the early success of Morehead State University related to the Kentucky Female Orphan School? What secularizing forces were at work that make the institution today seem so less religious in orientation than it was 45 years ago?

This book answers these questions and provides a comprehensive understanding of how, why, and what Midway University is today.

From Midway University

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