February, 15, 2011

Brigham Young Academy

In a quiet corner of this gallery sits a unique display of photographs revealing what it was like at Brigham Young Academy (BYA) and other LDS Church academies founded upon the ideals of BYA from 1890 until around 1908. Looking closely at these pictures deepens an understanding of the humble beginnings of BYU and inspires and reminds us of the struggles that this school has overcome.

Not only were the students involved in academic studies, but they also participated in basketball, football, art, and more. Every photograph is worth a thousand words. While trying to understand the humble beginnings of the time, it perhaps begs the question: What sets these pictures and those students apart from other college students at the time?

It is worthy to note that in these pictures you will find just as many females as males in a majority of the classes. At the turn of the last century, it was somewhat rare for most women to gain a college education, let alone take classes such as chemistry or physical education. BYA was part of an early standard that would eventually become the norm of the U.S. school system. It was not the first school to do this, but it was one of the first to offer many options to female students.

BYA represented the same ideals that it stands for today. The dream for BYA has become a reality in Brigham Young University–one that represents a place for higher education with even higher dedication to the Lord.