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This 2016 photo is a representative group of club members of Altrusa International of Lexington, KY. Inc. The Altrusa Bridge at Midway University is at the main entrance to campus and one of the most recognizable landmarks. The bridge was built over Lees Branch in 1938, costing Altrusa of Lexington $1500.  Since 1938 the school has grown from orginially named the Kentucky Female Orphan School, to Midway College, to Midway University.  Additionallly, Altrusa of Lexington provides scholarships to full time students.

A bronze plate (14” x 18”) was placed on the right wing of the Bridge. The Bridge is constructed of Blue Wilmore Stone and the contractor was Clarke, Stewart and Wood of Lexington, Kentucky.

Denise Buede is the young student standing with her horse by the Altrusa Bridge.  She was a member of the school’s nationally acclaimed equstrian team and the 1993 Collegiate National Stock Seat Champion.  The Altrusa Bridge was constructed with funds provided by the Altusa Club of Lexington in 1938. The print by John S. Hockensmith of the Altrusa Bridge in Midway was certified as his original in April 1994.

A large photo was published in the Lexington Leader newspaper showing Miss Anna Lehan, president of Lexington Altrusa Club presenting Edgar C. Riley, business manager of Kentucky Female Orphan School at Midway, a check for a sum sufficient to construct a memorial bridge at the school, which became known as the Altrusa Bridge. 

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