Included are personal recollections, student research, Mount Vernon resident's writings, and published articles. Each provide insight into the history of Cornell College, Mt. Vernon, Iowa, and life during the times represented. Through exploration of ideas and practices at Cornell as well as to what life was like in Mount Vernon, the reader will learn about many facets of college and community life from 1853-1970, with emphasis on the earlier years. About Jessie Rigby's history, the Record (newspaper) said: "Miss Rigby, who's grandfather, Reverend Samuel M. Fellows, was the second president of Cornell, has examined early records and hunted up original manuscripts, so that her history is exact in every detail."