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Celebrate the Morrill Act Sesquicentennial

The 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act will be celebrated on the MSU campus and across the nation in 2012. Join us!

Celebration Events

Celebrate at the Rock: Thursday, April 26, 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Spartans are invited to gather at the Rock on Farm Lane to get a taste of the limited-edition ice cream flavor honoring the Morrill Act Sesquicentennial, pick up free Justin Morrill T-shirts, and have an opportunity to visit with Abraham Lincoln and Justin himself.

Celebrate at the National Mall, June 27–July 8
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival held on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., will feature the program “Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150” to celebrate the anniversary of the founding of land-grant universities and the United States Department of Agriculture. 

Celebrate in East Lansing, 2012 Great Lakes Folk Festival, August 10-12
The program “Campus and Community: Public and Land-grant Universities and the USDA at 150” is part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, curated by MSU’s Kurt Dewhurst, director of arts and culture initiatives and curator of the MSU Museum, and cosponsored by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities. 

Celebration Resources

Morrill Act Badge

Use this graphic on your website or Facebook page to join in the celebration. Position your cursor over the graphic, right click, and then choose save image as.

You’ll see Morrill Act Sesquicentennial lamppost banners across campus—and a retractable version of the banner is available for use by MSU units for events. To schedule use of the retractable banner, or to request a copy of the design file for printing, please contact Rain Hodack at 355-3407 or

Image of Morrill Act brochure

Request copies of the Morrill Act sesquicentennial brochure by contacting Communications and Brand Strategy at 355-7505.

View more resources and celebration ideas from the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities.