Thursday, December 11, 2008

Stanford University's Memorial Church

I dug this one out of the archives from this past summer. Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane, had the university built in 1891 as a memorial to their son, Leland Jr., who died at age 15 from typhoid fever. The Stanfords wanted to use their wealth to help other children since they no longer hade one of their own. Leland died of heart failure in 1893 and Jane then had this church built in 1903 as a memorial to him.

If you ever have an opporotuniy, don't miss a chance to tour this huge campus. The surroundings include art galleries, a cactus garden, the Stanford family mausoleum, a 50,000 seat stadium, endless row houses, and, oh yes, an university.


- Karen

3 comments:

Lilli & Nevada said...

Karen,
This is a neat place i would love to see, if ever there. I looked it up on the internet, you can't access a lot of it.

jodapoet said...

I have never been there. Wow! it is gorgeous to say the least.

Karen, author of "My Funny Dad, Harry" said...

I wouldn't want to go to a church this size if I was stuck in the back--I'd need binoculars to see the platform!