NOTES FROM P.L. JOHNSONíS DIARY
QUOTATIONS FROM TWO DIFFERENT SETS OF "NOTES" MADE BY
P.L. JOHNSON IN PREPARATION FOR WRITING HIS
HISTORY OF HASTINGS COLLEGE
It is the established practice of Hastings College to conduct a summer school. Before this was established in 1912, the use of the College property was granted to representatives of the Korean Students in America, who gathered here for summer schools and conferences.
They maintained a regular curriculum for three years under their own teachers, chosen from Korean upperclassmen in various Colleges. The attendance reached about fifty students, and the school was conducted under strict military regulation.
During the summer vacations of 1910 to 1912, Korean students held a school at our College. Mr. E.S. Liu wrote at the time that there were nine hundred Korean students in America, sixty of whom were in Nebraska institutions. The entire Nebraska group gathered in Ringland Hall, arranged a curriculum, and conducted their school under military discipline. Syngman Rhee, Head of the "Provisional "Independence Movement" opposing Japanese usurpation in Korea, made long and repeated visits with the Koreans here. They were, to a man, appreciative of the privilege granted by the Hastings College Board of Trustees and their conduct was admirable.