History

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We are a seminary of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and are grounded in the theological thought and church life of the Reformed tradition.

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McCormick is one of eleven theological institutions associated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). Located within the bounds of the Presbytery of Chicago and the Synod of Lincoln Trails, the theological education offered here is firmly rooted in the Reformed Tradition. Part of the Reformed Tradition is an ecumenical commitment and openness to dialogue with other perspectives within the larger Christian Tradition.

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Elizabeth K. Ware has written a book about McCormick that may be obtained from the Office of Seminary Relations and Development.
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Today, the Lincoln Park area of Chicago is an affluent stretch of neighborhoods, parks, beaches, two museums, and a nationally know zoo. It is also home to one campus of DePaul University. Few know, however, that Lincoln Park began when this area of prairie and truck farms became the first campus of McCormick Theological Seminary. Read more about it in Elizabeth K. Ware's 1999 book.

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In 1999, author Elizabeth K. Ware wrote a companion book to an exhibition entitled, "Within the Wrought Iron Fence: The Hidden Heritage of McCormick Theological Seminary." The exhibition was mounted in the Richardson Library of DePaul University from January to March of that year. Ware's book traces McCormick's history from its beginnings in the Lincoln Park area on the north side of Chicago, to a time just prior to the building of McCormick's current Hyde Park campus.

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For almost 190 years, McCormick Theological Seminary has been a progressive educational leader within the Reformed tradition. Learn more about our rich and storied history as a noted center of theological education
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For almost 190 years, McCormick Theological Seminary has enjoyed a rich and storied history as a noted center of theological education.

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Hanover, Indiana

Like many pioneers, McCormick Theological Seminary was born in a log cabin. With a handful of students and a faculty of two, McCormick held an inaugural celebration on June 29, 1829. The Seminary was originally established in Indiana, and remained there until the beginning of the Civil War when it relocated to Chicago, Illinois.