Monday, July 9, 2012

Land Grant Act at 150 Exhibition

"The Land Grant Act at 150: Promoting Liberal and Practical Education at Penn State" is on display July 2 to Sept. 24, in the Frank and Mary J. Smeal Foundation Exhibits Hall. Hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. The exhibition also will be open for viewing during the Technical Symposium on Land Grant Education from 1 to 5 p.m. on July 29 and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday, July 30, as part of the 2012 Biennial Conference of Chemical Educators (BCCE).

As Pennsylvania’s land grant institution, Penn State has a distinguished history of educational service to the Commonwealth. This exhibition, which features archival, manuscript and photographic materials from the Rare Books and Manuscript Collection and the Penn State University Archives, focuses on the educational legacy of the Penn State pioneers of land grant education Evan Pugh and George Atherton. It also showcases documentation for both the 1862 and 1890 Land Grant Acts and the academic influences and mentors, such as Joseph Priestley for this educational restructuring.

This exhibition was co-curated by Kelly Frazier (a master's degree student intern, Johns Hopkins University), Paul Karwacki (archives assistant), Sandra Stelts (rare books curator), and Jackie Esposito (University Archivist).

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