From the publisher: Today’s Warren Wilson College emerged from modest beginnings. Indeed, the band of missionary educators who founded the Asheville Farm School in 1894 would be amazed if they could join the centennial celebrations. The simple frame and log buildings they constructed on a knoll above the Swannanoa River gave way long ago to today’s scenic Warren Wilson campus. More significantly, their educational mission that offered elementary instruction to mountain boys evolved through the years into a distinctive baccalaureate program that serves young men and women from every corner of the world. These developments came in response to technological, demographic, and social change in the southern mountain region and the world. Yet even as changing circumstances forced the school to reconsider and redefine its mission, the heirs to those late 19th century missionaries repeatedly recognized that the most basic human needs are timeless and unchanging. In 1994, it is appropriate that we pause briefly and draw insight and inspiration from the college’s past.
Warren Wilson College:
A Centennial Portrait
BY REUBEN A. HOLDEN AND MARK T. BANKER