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The Joy of the Arts

It’s the “uniqueness” of the Norton Center: what drew in Joy Joy Htet as a Centre College freshman, what continues to intrigue him as a staff member, and what will inspire more students for years to come.  In 2013, Khun…

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Dancing on Air

Many music legends have walked through the Norton Center halls, but when Ray Charles arrived, he didn’t walk – he danced. A full 36 days before Ray Charles’ October 18, 1985 performance, the Norton Center for the Arts officially sold…

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Cross-Campus Collaboration

What started as a casual chat between colleagues became a hands-on research project that will immortalize the work of Centre College students in the Norton Center permanent art collection archives. In January of 2023, Associate Professor of Art History Amy…

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The Coming of Age of an Idea

When Thomas A. Spragens stepped into office as the President of Centre College in 1957, he found a college desperately in need of growth and ready for change. Spragens knew that these changes weren’t going to come quickly or easily,…

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“We Were Here”: Sleettown

In February of 1864, the United States Colored Troops began enlisting free and enslaved African Americans, despite opposition from some Kentucky military officials and politicians. Brothers Henry and Preston Sleet, both enslaved in Boyle County, enlisted that same year- risking…

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