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At the annual meeting of the Association of Congregational Churches of Iowa, James J. Hill lays down a single silver dollar, asking that trustees protect and grow it, officially beginning Grinnell's endowment. Every first-year student receives a replica medal at New Student Orientation.



Iowa College opens its doors to a rigorous college preparatory program in Davenport, Iowa.  The college would soon relocate to Grinnell, Iowa.