It’s been 150 years since Abraham Lincoln singed the Morrill Act. Named after its sponsor, Rep. Justin Morrill, the act granted federally controlled land to states for development or sale to raise funds to establish and endow land-grant colleges. Michigan Agricultural College, established in 1855 and a model for the act, was designated as the federal land-grant college for Michigan in 1863. Part of the land-grant mission is to find practical applications for scientific research and technological innovations. Today, we in MSU Extension use a wide variety of information systems to deliver education information, helping people improve their lives and helping grow Michigan’s economy. We have a lot to celebrate!
A Morrill Act Sesquicentennial celebration takes place today from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Rock on Farm Lane. The Rock will display a painted image of Abraham Lincoln. Enjoy a special MSU Dairy Store ice cream flavor created for the occasion, Morrill Mint Madness, and receive a free Justin Morrill T-shirt. I’m told that Rep. Morrill and President Lincoln will be there.
Find out more about the Morrill Act Sesquicentennial here.
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