McCann discovered Riley Hall once housed a two-lane bowling alley and, near Pioneer Hall, there was a well with a hand pump and a metal cup for thirsty passers-by.
McCann and students in his Teaching Social Studies class included these and other facts in a walking tour brochure of the Linfield campus. The pamphlet features 11 historic buildings and a map of the core campus, along with a short college history. It’s designed for campus visitors, future students and those already familiar with campus who want to learn more.
McCann said the project shows education students that history can be taught through community resources.
"History is not just dates, facts and information," he said. "History is alive and embedded in buildings and places."
Linfield senior Erin Fleming researched Riley Hall, and compiled information on Leonard W. Riley, who presided at Linfield from 1906 to 1931. Fleming was surprised to learn the Riley Gym housed a concert by Ike and Tina Turner, and even more startled to discover that Riley is buried near Melrose Hall.
"It’s been interesting since President Riley was such a key figure in developing Linfield to what it is today," Fleming said. "He saw all sides of the college."
In addition to learning more about Linfield, Fleming said the experience has strengthened her teaching skills.
"Part of being a teacher is putting together research, taking visual information and spicing it up," she said.