Summer, 1946. World War II had ended over a year before and that meant many veterans were interested in utilizing the G.I. Bill in every manner possible. “Education is the key to success…” said Solomon Ortiz. For most, this simply meant the world was at their fingertips. They could advance their education and change their life in every way possible. This bill meant everything was about to change.
Unfortunately, colleges were completely unprepared to handle the influx of degree-seeking, applicants, particularly the University of Evansville.
In 1945, the college had a faculty of 27, one building, and 300-400 students. However, with the university President’s announcement that every veteran that was qualified would be admitted to the university, life began to pick up for the tiny southern Indiana college. By 1946 enrollment was 1505 and by 1947 it was 1722. Although rooms were on lease in other areas and buildings were being put up, the university needed space immediately.
Image 1: Aerial photograph of Evansville College campus in 1947. Tin City is visible on the left.
Image 2: Aerial photograph of the Tin City Units. c. 1960
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