A Visual Story
The University’s history has been documented in a new coffee table book that will be released to the campus and local communities and the world on Sept. 1. “Ferris State University: The First 125 Years” comprehensively chronicles the progression from Big Rapids Industrial School to Ferris Institute, to Ferris State College to what it is today: Ferris State University. The book is filled with photos that range from rare and historical to unique and modern. The images of Ferris State University are accompanied by the stories that have helped define the University during its first 125 years.
"Ferris State University is a remarkable feature in the varied and broad terrain of American higher education,” said Ferris State University President David L. Eisler in the foreword. “This book captures the heritage and vitality that makes Ferris an institution comfortable in its own skin and more ready than ever to transform lives."
The book takes the approach of telling Ferris State University’s history more from a storytelling standpoint than the typical historical perspective. Beginning with stories about the University’s founders (Woodbridge and Helen Ferris), the book takes readers through 125 years of history that includes tragedy of Old Main burning down, the rebirth of the campus beginning in the late 1950s, the modern era of campus development and the University’s continuing commitment to provide a quality and practical education.
While the book contains plenty of information known to many people who are familiar with the history of Ferris, it also contains interesting Ferris facts some people may not know about. The books will be available for purchase at the Barnes and Noble Lundberg Bookstore, on the Ferris campus; and other local businesses such as Great Lakes Book and Supply, the Old Pioneer Store and Emporium and the Ice Arena Pro Shop at a cost of $24.95. The book can be ordered online at http://ferris.bncollege.com/.