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175 years, from 1839 to 2014

The University of Missouri will celebrate its 175th anniversary in 2014.

Francis Quadrangle

The Columns on Francis Quadrangle are all that remain from the fire that destroyed the original Academic Hall Jan. 9, 1892. Photo by Rob Hill.

On Founders Day Feb. 11, 2014, the University of Missouri will officially launch its 175th anniversary celebration with a student-focused event at the MU Student Center. There will be free food, music, short speeches and free T-shirts — and you are cordially invited!

With this issue of MIZZOU, we help get you into the 175th anniversary mindset by tracing the university’s past as it prepares for 2014 and beyond. The following words by Board of Curators President G.F. Rothwell, written in 1892 after fire consumed the original Academic Hall Jan. 9 of that year, help set the stage.

“Let these columns stand. Let them stand a thousand years. Crown them with an arch, memorial to the men who in their magnificent presence learned what life and duty are, and how to live the one and do the other. They will be to all the rallying point of future devotion and service to the University. For surely the strongest bulwark around any institution is the ceaseless recollection and loving devotion of its intellectual children. No university can be most attractive and great till age has brought it this support. No argument persuades like sentiment, and no force impels like affection.”

—  G.F. Rothwell, president of the Board of Curators, 1892