Southwestern College is located in Winfield, Kansas, on a prominence that overlooks the Walnut River Valley. Determined to bring education to the plains of Kansas, Methodist leaders founded the college in 1885. These early pioneers and their successors built beyond their dreams, creating a strong, unique, and vital institution that has produced close to 25,000 Moundbuilders across the globe. Today, that Moundbuilder tradition educates thousands of students at the main Winfield campus and online. Jerry L. Wallace is a historian and writer based in Oxford, Kansas. Wallace graduated from Missouri State University with a bachelor’s degree and earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri. He has served as an archivist for both the National Archives and Records Administration and Southwestern College. Writer, editor, journalist, and teacher Pamela S. Thompson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska, and studied English at Vassar College and journalism at the University of Kansas. Thompson is currently an adjunct English and communications instructor at Southwestern College, where her husband, Peter Heckman, serves as dean.