FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 12, 2017, 7:00 p.m. CDT
Contact Jason Hogue, Peru State College Marketing and Communications, (402) 872-2429
Peru, Nebraska- The City of Peru has proclaimed June 20, 2017, as a day to honor Peru State College’s 150th Anniversary of its founding. Peru State was founded on June 20, 1867.
Dr. Hanson said, “Peru State College is grateful to the City of Peru for 150 years of support and collaboration. From the College’s founders and residents of Peru, to our current neighbors, we value our ongoing partnership.”
The proclamation will read, “In 1867, the same year that Nebraska became a state, the new Nebraska Legislature, with the encouragement of Peru natives William Dailey and T.J. Majors, established the first higher education institution in Nebraska, a normal school in Peru to train teachers.”
Darrin Reeves, mayor of the City of Peru, said, “I am glad to officially congratulate Peru State on 150 years for the City. We’re looking forward to 150 more.”
On June 20, 1867, the fledgling state government of Nebraska named Peru, Nebraska, as the home of the state’s first college. The college was founded as a normal school dedicated to training teachers. June 20, 2017 will be the 150th anniversary of Peru State Colleges’s charter.
Peru State College’s Sesquicentennial All-College Reunion is June 16-18, 2017. All Peru State alumni are invited to attend this weekend before Charter Day. Activities include an All-College Dinner and Alumni Awards; the launch of the Peru State College anniversary book by the Omaha World-Herald; workshops with faculty and staff; and many other activities and meals to let you catch-up with old friends and new!
This Sesquicentennial Charter Event Celebration will mark the charter date of June 20, 1867, of Nebraska’s first institution of higher education by the Nebraska Legislature. The historic event will include daytime activities for children ages 5 years to eighth grade, Nebraska artists program and historical presentations for all ages. The evening reception and banquet will kick off with musical entertainment and an introduction of Nebraska City’s Chautauqua WWI re-enactors.
Homecoming in 2017 is a special celebration of the 150th anniversary of Peru State College’s founding. The Homecoming dates are scheduled the week of the first day of classes (October 24, 1867) and events include: football; volleyball; an All-Alumni Dinner featuring milestone graduation anniversaries; pep rally and bonfire; special reunion celebrations for alumni who participated in Student Senate, Board of Trustees, Pep Band, Homecoming Kings and Queens, and Cheerleading; the Toughest Mile (race); and a parade like no other!
Visit www.peru.edu/150 to learn more about these events and the many other anniversary events planned at Peru State College!