Date of Defense


Date of Graduation




First Advisor

David Benac

Second Advisor

John Winchell


This thesis project examines the history of Western Michigan University’s East Campus and its expansion during the 20th and 21st centuries. The project is made up of a digital walking tour on the website Clio and a research paper. The walking tour was created on and consists of photographs and textual information about twenty buildings and sites that played a significant role in the development and the transformation of the Western State Normal School. The tour can be accessed at the following link: The research paper serves as a supporting resource that works in partnership with the online walking tour of East Campus and expands on the information provided in the individual entries. The paper presents the locations in the same order as the walking tour and provides users with the opportunity to learn more about East Campus after completing the digital tour.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Open Access