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Park Snapshots


Park University was established in 1875 on the banks of the Missouri River, in a little town named Parkville, Missouri. Its history is full of interesting stories, some funny, some heartwarming. We would like to share a few of the stories our alumni have told us. Watch this page as we continue to collect and share bits of history for this proud institution. If you have stories to share or ideas for additions to this page, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at or (800) 488-Park (7275).


Norrington Hall

Norrington Hall has been the center of student activity since it opened in 1923. Originally the campus library, the beautiful, stone building has most recently housed the Admissions and Student Financial Aid offices. Currently it is the target of a fundraising campaign to replace its windows. Read about the history of this campus treasure.

Nisei Students

Masaye Nagao Nakamura, ’45, was a student when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. Her family was relocated to an "assembly center." Nakamura was one of nine Japanese American Nisei students brought to Park College in 1942 by President William Young. Read her story describing the challenges and joys of being a Nisei student on the Parkville campus.

A Wedding in the Chapel

Graham Tyler Memorial Chapel has been the site of the weddings of many Park students and alumni.  A member of the wedding party, Harold Smith, '44, tells the story of an unusual ceremony.  


The Old, the New and the Whatever Happened to...Campus Tour Book

This guide to the buildings and structures, old and new, on the Parkville campus is available through the Office of Alumni Relations. When visiting the campus, stop by Park House to pick up a copy of this self-guided tour book.

Photo Albums

The Alumni Office has published photo albums of Alumni events on Flickr.

You can view and download these photos at the above website.