History House

We invite you to visit the Harding University History House conveniently located at 205 Lott Tucker Drive. Tours are available by calling the Library at 501-279-4011, Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We will be happy to share with you Harding's rich history. 

The History House welcomes visitors to two large gallery rooms that allow guests to relive Harding’s rich heritage.

The front east room shares a chronological progression of the university, highlighting key events from each decade. On this historic chronological journey, pictures from each decade tell the story of Harding’s historical beginnings.

This room also showcases the first flag of Harding, items from Galloway College, details regarding the Bell Tower and the famous print of the “Burning of the Mortgage”.

The large back west room pays honor to Harding’s presidents and Christian servants affiliated with the University. The display case in the back west room contains memorabilia from each of Harding’s five First Ladies.

The smaller east room is dedicated to the 1959 Harding football team and to Coach John Prock who was the head football coach at Harding from 1964 until 1987. It also has displays showing the International Programs offered at Harding. 

The smaller west room honors Harding's third president, Chancellor, and Chancellor Emeritus, Dr. Clifton L. Ganus, Jr.  This exhibit will open Homecoming 2019, October 18-19, 2019. 

The garden housing the original Galloway Gates from Galloway College serve as the anchor at the south entrance. The gate is encircled by stone displaying Iris cultivated by the White County Iris Society.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Harding University History House is to preserve and honor the faith, vision, passion and commitment of the men and women who made sacrifices so that Harding University could become what she is today.

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The History House is number 24 on it on the North East side of campus.

You Can Help

Volunteer Program

The History House is staffed by volunteers, both Alumni and Friends who are dedicated to the preservation of Harding's rich heritage.

If you are interested in volunteering or have any questions about how you may help, please contact us today at 501-279-4276.


Does your family have memorabilia related to Harding's heritage?  We would be honored to accept your donations and preserve your family's historical items.  Contact us at 501-279-4276. or historyhouse@harding.edu

Room by Room

Front RoomFront Room
On this historic chronological journey, many pictures of Nashville Bible School, Potter Bible College and Harper Bible College are displayed. Along with the typewriter belonging to Jack Lewis, 1st flag of Harding, details regarding the Bell Tower and the famous print of the “Burning of the Mortgage”.
Back roomBack Room
This room pays honor to the presidents and Christian servants affiliated with the University. View the Presidents Wall, Presidential case, quilt made of Lott Tucker’s ties, and honored Alumni.
Campus LifeSmaller Rooms
One room is dedicated to Campus life. There are Bison newspapers, and Petit Jean yearbooks.
ClubsWhile a second room depicts club memorabilia, AWH scrapbooks, and club jackets. A large quilt donated by Mr. and Mrs. Ganus, captures chronological events.
GatesGalloway Gates
The Galloway Gates were donated by Fran Collison Mullen in honor of her mother, Willie Mae Walker Collison, a graduate of Galloway Woman’s College. The gates had been part of her mother’s memorial collection. These restored gates have now returned home.

Preservation Committee

Special Thanks

Special thanks to members of Associated women for Harding, led by Louse Nicholas Ganus ('42) and Marie Clay Yingling ("42),  and the following Committee Members:

Danny DeRamus ('81), Ann Cowan Dixon ('68), Phil Dixon ('67), Hannah Dixon ('02), David Kelly, Joe Miller ('78), Eloise Muncy, Kim Barefoot Robertson ('79) and Liz Howell ('78)

"It is important to remember the people who made such sacrifices for this University in the beginning so that we could become what we are today." according to President David B. Burks on opening day of the History House.

Contact Us

205 Lott Tucker Drive
P.O. Box 10768
Searcy, AR 72143

Hours Open:
Tours are available by calling the Alumni Office and speaking with Joanna Crisco.