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Gloria prepares for the big game.

Here I am ready to do battle with Maryville. We had fun decorating cars for our pep parade before the big basketball game. (This post is a fictional account based on a scrapbook kept by Gloria Meder Kast, Webster College … Continue reading

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Gloria experiences freshman orientation.

You won’t believe what they made us freshmen wear for initiation: long underwear, a short cotton dress, and 1 white and 1 black cotton stocking. We had to braid our hair into tight pigtails and put makeup on just half … Continue reading

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Gloria gets accepted at Webster College.

  I got accepted at Webster and they even gave me a scholarship! It was hard to choose between Webster and Washington University but I think Webster will be a great fit for me. (This post is a fictional account … Continue reading

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Gloria’s Scrapbook

It’official! I will paste the memories of my next four years in this scrapbook and preserve it for ever and ever. I wish everyone would keep a scrapbook. How else will we remember the past? After all, it’s not like … Continue reading

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New series takes you back to Webster in the 1930s

  Join us as we go back in time to experience life as a student at Webster in the late 1930s and early 1940s. Our guide will be a 1941 graduate of Webster, Gloria Meder Kast, who kept a scrapbook … Continue reading

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Jacqueline Grennan Wexler, one of Webster’s most influential Presidents

Jacqueline Grennan Wexler (formerly Sr. Jacqueline) was a major figure in higher education in the 1960s and 1970s. She served as president of Webster University from 1965-1969 and was instrumental in the groundbreaking transfer of the Catholic institution to a … Continue reading

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Finals Week in 1918

Some things never change. Here’s what Webster students in 1918 thought about finals: “Examinations are over. They are a necessary evil which must be experienced by every college student at the end of each semester. No one loves them, for … Continue reading

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Before There Was a Winifred Moore Auditorium

This year marks the 40th anniversary of a major change on the Webster campus in Webster Groves: the transition of the college chapel to a multipurpose auditorium. Winifred Moore Auditorium used to be called the Chapel of All Saints and … Continue reading

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Furnishing the New Webster

How do you go about furnishing a new college? That was the challenge faced by the Sisters of Loretto when the St. Louis campus opened in 1916. The Webster University Archives has a copy of the inventory of items bought … Continue reading

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The Costs of Going to Webster in the 1920s

Last spring, the family of 1928 graduate Helen McGuire Swain donated some items from her college years to the Webster University Archives. Particularly interesting are the lists of expenses that she kept during her time at Webster. In addition to … Continue reading

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