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August 10-12, East Lansing

Visit the Great Lakes Folk Festival and experience the “Campus and Community” program featuring exhibitions, workshops, and demonstrations that explore MSU’s land-grant roots and history of community engagement. 

The program was part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival that took place on the National Mall in Washington D.C., in July. It was 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. 

Visit the Morrill Act sesquicentennial website for more information.

Celebrating 150 Years of Land-Grant Vision and Values

The nation’s pioneer land-grant university, Michigan State is celebrating the 150th anniversary of the signing of the Morrill Act of 1862 and the enduring power of the land-grant vision of higher education.

Sponsored by Justin Morrill, a U.S. representative from Vermont, and signed by President Abraham Lincoln, the Morrill Act granted land to states to establish and endow colleges that would provide both a practical and liberal education. Michigan State was the model for this land-grant system that democratized higher education and helped build a stronger nation. Today, MSU continues to lead the way as public research universities with land-grant values put knowledge and research discoveries to work to make life better around the world.

Learn more:
Spartan Discoveries
MSU: Then and Now

In 1862, I sponsored legislation, that would for all Americans democratize higher education. Each state was granted land to establish a public college,revolutionizing the way institutions shared knowledge. MSU was the model that led the innovation, educating farmers, engineers, and scientists who built a stronger nation.Today land-grant schools solve problems with a global reach,while the world’s best and brightest they continue to teach.So give three cheers for the land-grant tradition,as we celebrate 150 years of its enduring mission.

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