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From the Archives

A Groundbreaking Moment


Win a free sweatshirt!The generations gathered at Seattle Pacific College for the groundbreaking of this building, in 1951. They hoped it would become a place where young people could “round out spiritual development and cultural guidance with a program aimed at the development of strong and healthy bodies.”

Can you name the building?

Be the first to answer, and you could win an SPU sweatshirt! Contact us at or with your answer.

From Last Issue’s Archives

The Nurse Is In

Lydia Flesher Green

The late Lydia Flesher Green, former missionary to China and longtime nursing administrator, remains very much alive in Response readers’ memories — and her name lives on today in the Lydia Green Nursing Program for undergraduates in SPU’s School of Health Sciences. A record number of readers wrote in to identify Nurse Green, including our contest winner, Janet Tucker Jamison ’58.

“She was a great encourager for me as I was preparing for foreign missionary service, a strong promoter, and a spiritual leader,” writes Lois Biddulph Ogan ’56.

Read more remembrances of Lydia Green.

Want to Contribute to the SPU Archives?

If you have historic Seattle Pacific artifacts, keepsakes, or documents that you would like to contribute to the University Archives, or if you have any questions about the Archives, contact Adrienne Thun Meier '04, university archivist, at 206-281-2422 or

Do you recognize the groundbreaking?

Be the first to identify the building that eventually stood after the groundbreaking shown in the top photo, and you could win an SPU sweatshirt!