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Dakota Wesleyan University celebrated 125 years of learning, leadership, faith and service during Blue & White Days in 2010. In honor of this milestone, professor emeritus of history Jim McLaird spent nearly two years compiling photos and stories into a “memory book” – weaving a tale of DWU’s past through the perspective of its students.

The book is separated into parts to give it a coffee-table feel, rather than textbook. Each chapter is composed of a decade’s worth of memories and history with a narrative describing the life and times, buildings, financial situations and larger issues of the time, and there also sidebars and “snippets,” which contain short stories or narratives and fun facts.

Each decade is also accompanied by four short biographical essays about influential DWU alums.

“For me, you’re writing for an audience, and the audience in this case is probably the alumni, and if it is the alumni, what are they after?” McLaird asked himself. “And they want to see what things were like when they were here and a lot of that is what student life was like.”

Jim McLaird

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