Peru State unveils new historical marker as part of run-up to sesquicentennial anniversary.

March 17, 2016, 4:00 p.m. CDT
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Peru State unveils new historical marker.

Peru, Nebraska- Peru State College unveiled a new historical marker on March 17, 2016.  The new historical marker is located between the A.V. Larson Building and the Little Red Schoolhouse.

The previous historical marker was erected in 1967 and read, “During its first one hundred years, Peru State College expanded to a campus of one hundred acres dotted with twenty academic buildings and housing complexes to accommodate an enrollment of more than 1,100 students.”

Peru State College will be celebrating its 150th anniversary on June 20, 2017 and has an enrollment of 2,500 students.  Sesquicentennial events are planned throughout 2017 including spring commencement, June 20 and homecoming.

Speakers at the event included the chancellor of the Nebraska State College System, Stan Carpenter; the president of Peru State College, Dr. Dan Hanson; professor of history and Phi Alpha Theta co-advisor, Dr. Sarah Crook; and current student and Phi Alpha Theta President, Michelle Kaiser.

Chancellor Carpenter spoke to the crowd of about a hundred that Peru State College and its sister schools have played an important role in the development of Nebraska.  He finished by reminding us that Peru State College has an equally important role to play in Nebraska’s next 150 years.

Fundraising for both historical markers was undertaken by the history honors society, Phi Alpha Theta.  Phi Alpha Theta is still raising funds for the marker and invites you to attend a Murder Mystery Dinner.

Dr. Sarah Crook writes, “The theme this year is “Murder at the Deadwood Saloon” and will involve a western-themed meal, recognition for costumes, fake money to be used for bribery, chocolate poker chips, and lots of fun.”

The Murder Mystery Dinner is being held on April 8 and 9 at 6 PM in the Jindra Fine Arts Building.   Each night will be limited to thirty tickets at a cost of $55 or $100 for a pair. Reservations can be made to Dr. Sarah Crook at 402-872-2279 or


Peru State College Historical Marker Unveiling

Peru State College Historical Marker Unveiling with members of Phil Alpha Theta: from left to right: Dr. Spencer Davis, co-adviser to Phi Alpha Theta Michelle Kaiser, President of Phi Alpha Theta; Cynthia Creek; Dr. Sara Crook, co-adviser to Phi Alpha Theta; Samantha Jackson, Secretary/Treasurer of Phi Alpha Theta; and Lilian Rewerts.


Peru State College Historical Marker Unveiling 2016

Peru State College Historical Marker Unveiling: Nebraska State College System Trustee Jess Zeiss; Peru State College President Dan Hanson; Nebraska State College System Chancellor Stan Carpenter; Phi Alpha Theta President Michelle Kaiser; Trustee Carter “Cap” Peterson; Trustee John Chaney; Trustee Gary Bieganski; incoming Student Trustee Trey Nelson; outgoing Student Trustee Millie Anderson.


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About Peru State College: Nestled in the historic hills of the Missouri River, the “Campus of a Thousand Oaks” is Nebraska’s oldest college and will celebrate its sesquicentennial anniversary in 2017.  Peru State College’s constant commitment to academic excellence has resulted in a unique and innovative mix of online, traditional, undergraduate and graduate programs.  Similarly, the college’s ongoing student engagement promotes inquiry, discovery and innovation on-campus and across the region.  Peru State College is committed to being a good steward of education, students, the region and Nebraska for another 150 years.