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Presbyterian Theological Seminary

Presbyterian Theological Seminary
General information
Town or city Omaha, Nebraska
Country United States
Construction started 1901
Completed 1902
Demolished 1970s

The Presbyterian Theological Seminary was located at 3303 North 21st Place in North Omaha, Nebraska. Opened in 1891, the institution was closed in 1943.


On February 17, 1891, 38 Presbyterian pastors and lay leaders gathered to establish a Presbyterian Seminary in Omaha. They felt a need for educated clergy to serve small, rural communities in the Midwestern United States.[1] Enrolling its first students in September 1891, from 1895 to 1902 the Seminary was located in the former Cozzens House Hotel at 9th and Harney Streets in Downtown Omaha. It was replaced in 1902 when a new facility was built in the Kountze Place suburb of North Omaha.[2] The building was demolished later that year.

In 1901 the Seminary purchased 5 acres (20,000 m2) in Kountze Place for $20,000. Within a year a building was completed that included dormitory rooms, classrooms, offices, a library and a chapel, as well as a dining room, janitor's quarters and other rooms. It was a three story tall gray stone building with high basement windows and a bell tower above the middle section.[3]

In 1909 the University of Omaha was established a few blocks north of the Seminary and most of the teachers were recruited from Seminary faculty. Three of the University's first four presidents were ordained Presbyterian ministers.[4]

In 1943 the general assembly of the United States Presbyterian Church voted to close the seminary after it failed to meet the minimum accreditation standards of the American Association of Theological Schools.[5] More than 1,000 graduates served in the Midwest, other states and around the world.[6]

The seminary's governing board continued to exist for several decades after its closure, and today operates as the Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation. After turning the building into an apartment house they became committed to raising funds to support theology students attending schools around the world.[7][8]

The building was demolished in the 1970s.

Notable alumni

  • Frederick Wedge, Presbyterian pastor, evangelist and educator, who had boxed professionally as "Kid" Wedge

See also


Additional reading

  • Hawley, C.A. (1941) "Fifty Years on the Nebraska Frontier: History of the Presbyterian Theological Seminary at Omaha," Church History. 10(4) December. pp. 384-38.

External links

  • Omaha Presbyterian Seminary Foundation official website.
  • Photo of the Seminary at the former Cozzens House Hotel

Coordinates: 41°17′20″N 95°56′37″W / 41.2888°N 95.9437°W / 41.2888; -95.9437

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