Peru State College’s Charter Commemoration: Nebraska’s Higher Education Beginnings: June 20, 2017

The All-College Reunion was a great success with more than 150 attendees!  

This Sesquicentennial Charter Event Celebration marked the charter date of June 20, 1867, of Nebraska’s first institution of higher education by the Nebraska Legislature. The historic event included daytime activities for children ages 5 years – 8th grade, Nebraska artists program and historical presentations for all ages.  The evening reception and banquet kicked off with musical entertainment and an introduction of Nebraska City’s Chautauqua WWI reenactors.

Special thank you to the Sesquicentennial sponsors for their ongoing support of Peru State College.

Sesquicentennial Sponsors

Check out photos from the day:

Daytime Activities:

Posted by Peru State College on Tuesday, June 20, 2017



Presentation of Charter:

Posted by Peru State College on Wednesday, June 21, 2017



Posted by Peru State College on Wednesday, June 21, 2017


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Charter Commemoration Schedule of Events:

11:30 a.m. Welcome Center Opens for Daytime Activities
Tent outside Schoolhouse, Park Ave. and 5th Ave.
Noon Pioneer Day at the Normal School – Children’s Activities for grades K-8 with Lunch Included

Click here for additional information on suggested dress.

Noon-5 p.m. Charter Day Speaker Series
Presentations start on the hour; concluding at 5 p.m.
Topics and presenters include prohibition, Nebraska, Peru State College and Dan Sullivan, author of the PSC 150 book.

Click here for a complete list of speakers and topics.

1-4 p.m. Art Program Focused on Nebraska Artists for middle school students to adults
5-6:45 p.m. Reception on Lawn of TJ Majors
Rain Location: Student Center
Featuring activities for children, Peru State College book signing, music featuring renowned artist, Marty Mincer, and delicious food and drinks
5:45 p.m. Peru State College Charter Presentation
6 p.m. Presentation by Chautauqua speakers featuring W.E.B. Dubois, Woodrow Wilson, William Jennings Bryan and more
6:45-8:30 p.m. Peru State College Charter Day Celebration Banquet with guest speakers and music
PSC Campus, Student Center