Venue: Newman Library (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg
Date: July 11, 2012
Time: 4:30 - 5:30 PM
Event Types: Food, Speaking Engagements
Virginia Tech Senior Vice President and Provost Mark McNamee cordially invites you to a reception and exhibit opening honoring the sesquicentennial of the Morrill Act. Enjoy a reception and opening of the new exhibit at the Newman Library Study Cafe located on the first floor of the library.
Light refreshments will be serviced. Free and open to the public.
Julie Speer, associate dean for research and informatics at the University Libraries, and Stephen O'Hara, a recent graduate in American history, will also give brief remarks.
A sweep of Abraham Lincoln’s pen 150 years ago led to the creation of Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College, now called Virginia Tech. Without Lincoln’s decisive action, the land-grant system, which gave Americans greater access to higher education, might never have happened.
In 1862, Lincoln signed the Morrill Act establishing the land-grant college system. This was a bleak time in American history, as the Civil War cast a long, dark shadow across the nation. Lincoln understood the value of education and its importance in improving the quality of life for all the country’s citizens.
For more information, visit: http://www.vt.edu/landgrant/exhibits/7-11-reception.html or call Virginia Tech Libraries at 540-231-5595.