Wheaton College History

Wheaton College History explores important Wheaton events and people from its establishment in 1834 until the present. Topics include major events, prominent faculty, students and alumni, architecture, speakers and the founding family, the Wheatons.

A key tenet of Wheaton College’s institutional mission is to develop and continue dialogue with our own historical past and explore how it has shaped our communal present, for better or for worse. To that end, we’re creating a new subsection of this website as an inexcusably late attempt to more formally and substantially bring to light some of Wheaton’s injustices toward its community members of color. Archives exist as a radical promise to the future: they preserve the past to better the future. That is the College’s goal in sharing these blemishes of our history. We welcome comment on and criticism of our work, and hope to contribute to an ongoing dialogue.