Arkansas Conference College was founded in Siloam Springs in 1899. It closed in 1919, the year John Brown University began. The school's founding president, Thomas Mason, had previously been president of Philander Smith College in Little Rock. Mason is buried in Siloam Springs. ACC challenges some of the assumptions people might have of Siloam Springs 100 years ago. Though it was a small school in a small town, students were not admitted unless they were able to translate the Latin works of Julius Caesar into English.
The talk draws almost completely from materials found in the Siloam Springs Museum archives.