Spartanburg Methodist College Celebrates Rich History at Founder’s Day


Spartanburg Methodist College Celebrates Rich History at Founder’s Day (RESCHEDULED)


Spartanburg Methodist College will celebrate more than 100 years of enriching the community through quality education on November 6 during its annual Founder’s Day celebration. The event will be held at 6 p.m. in Davis Mission Chapel on SMC’s campus.

Founded in 1911 by Dr. David Camak, SMC provided local mill workers with an otherwise unattainable opportunity to learn. Camak worked with mill owners to devise a plan that allowed a rotating schedule of school and work to maximize productivity and quality of life.

“It is important for our students to appreciate our history so they may understand who we are as a school and what Spartanburg has meant to the community for more than a century,” said Kim Caton, Director of Student Activities and Leadership Development.

Dr. Katherine Cann, historian and former SMC Professor of History, will speak at the event. Cann recently retired from teaching and is the author of Common Ties, a book outlining the history of SMC and its leadership. Cann will tell the story of the school’s history and its impact on the community.

The annual Founder’s Day celebrations began in 2011 as a festive way to celebrate SMC’s centennial anniversary. The event is sponsored by SMC’s Student Government Association.


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