Milwaukee Female College becomes a center of social and cultural life for Milwaukee when a series of art and science lectures are sponsored by Charles Farrar, principal of the college. During Farrar's administration, the word "Female" is dropped from the school's title.
a Milwaukee College catalog of the 1880s
Hiram Barber presents Milwaukee College with its first telescope. William P. McLaren then gives the college funds for the construction of a fully equipped observatory.