The Story Of Flagler College’s First 50 Years Told Through The People, Places And Things That Shaped It

Each of the 50 people, places and things that we selected represent a major milestone in the development of Flagler College. Our selections include the expected and the unexpected, ordinary, everyday objects and the extraordinary people that helped us turn nouns into verbs and change lives. Together, they tell our story. But it is not the complete story. Like all milestones, they indicate how far we have come. They do not measure the thousands of stepping stones, those everyday moments, the hard work and dedication, that got us to those key celebrated moments in our rich history.

Portrait of a Lady

Molly Wiley was one of Flagler College’s most important benefactors. With her brother, Lawrence Lewis Jr., she helped establish Flagler College as a memorial to Henry M. Flagler. Without the generous financial support, unwavering dedication, commitment and constant encouragement of Mr. Lewis and Mrs. Wiley, Flagler College would not exist today. Two buildings on the Flagler campus are named after Mrs. Wiley, Wiley Hall and the Molly Wiley Art Building, which she was instrumental in making a reality. It is impossible to convey how important Mrs. Wiley was to Flagler College — from theater arts and fine arts — to dormitory rooms and athletics. Molly Wiley had a hand in all facets of the College and played a key role in its development and progress.