great work in advancing the educational interest of Kentucky. Being
entirely undenominational in its character, it will appeal with confidence
to the people of all creeds and of no creed, and will endeavor, in strict
conformity with the requirements of its organic law, to afford equal
advantages to all, exclusive advantages to none. The liberality of
the Commonwealth in supplementing the inadequate annual income
arising from the proceeds of the land-scrip invested in State bonds, will, A
it is believed, enable the Trustees to begin and carry on, upon a scale  
commensurate with the wants of our people, the operations of the
institution whose management and oversight have been committed to `
them by the General Assembly of Kentucky.
ln the act of Congress making provision for the class of colleges to I
which the State College partly belongs, it is declared M that their leading
object shall be, without excluding other scientific and classical studies,
and including military tactics, to teach such branches of learning as
are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts, in order to promote
the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several
pursuits and professions in life." To the two departments of agricul-
ture and the mechanic arts, contemplated in the act, a Normal School has
been added by the State and an Experimental Station by the United .
States, while liberal provision has been made for instruction in all
branches of science and in the classics, so that this institution is far
more than an agricultural and mechanical colleges, embracing, as it does, _
I not merely the two original departments, but six others. _
The Normal Department of the State College exists under the l
A authority of acts of the General Assembly approved April 23 and April ‘
29, 1880. Section 7 of the first act briefly defines the object for which  
the Department was established, M a Normal Department or course of .
instruction for irregular periods, designed more particularly, but not ,
exclusively, to qualify teachers for common and other schools, shall be
established in connection with the College." The second act provides .
the necessary endowment to make the Department effective. .
The number of students annually enrolled in the Normal School has
exceeded expectation. As they come from all parts of the State, and
many of them return well prepared for the profession of teaching, they
must greatly promote the efnciency of our common schools generally,
and demonstrate the wisdom of the General Assembly in providing an
inexpensive Normal School, centrally located and easy of access, to
keep the State always supplied with well-trained teachers.
This Department of the State College originated in a resolution of
the Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees, adopted in Septem-