Framingham State is planning several events throughout 2014 to celebrate our historic 175th Anniversary. We encourage alumni, faculty, staff and friends of the University to join in on the fun. Make sure you check back, as additional events will likely be added throughout the year. Click here for a list of course offerings related to the anniversary (subject to change).
Then and Now Exhibit - February 2014
A Then and Now Exhibit will open at the Whittemore Library on February 26th showcasing the evolution of the University's campus over time. The exhibit was curated by FSU Archivist Colleen Previte and FSU Art Professor and Photographer Bob Alter, as well as current students.
Dr. Afua Cooper, Historian and Poet - April 2014
Dr. Afua Cooper is a celebrated poet and historian, with specialties in slavery, abolitionism and women's studies. She will be on campus Wednesday, April 2, 2014, for two events connected to the University's 175th Anniversary. Dr. Cooper has done groundbreaking work in uncovering the hidden history of black peoples in Canada, including the amazing history of Framingham State's first African American graduate Mary Miles Bibbs, who emigrated to Canada with her husband, abolitionist and author Henry Bibbs. Dr. Cooper will give a research presentation at 4:30 p.m. and a poetry performance at 7 p.m. Both events will be held in the McCarthy Center Forum.
Campus-Wide Birthday Party - May 2014
Tentatively scheduled for Friday, May 2, just two days before Horace Mann's birthday, FSU is planning a campus-wide birthday celebration, complete with a cake. After all, it's not every year you turn 175.
175th Anniversary Community Day - May 2014
A series of lectures and programs related to the anniversary will be offered to alumni and the public during reunion weekend on Saturday, May 17, 2014. A tentative agenda for the day can be found here.
Opening of the Doors Ceremony - July 2014
The FSU community will gather at the original school house in Lexington on July 3, exactly 175 years to the day that America's first public Normal School opened in a one-room building.
FSU Pioneers Exhibit Opens - September 2014
An FSU Pioneers exhibit featuring educational pioneers from through Framingham State's history will open at the Whittemore Library. The Then and Now exhibit will move from the Whittemore Library to Framingham Public Library.
State House Gala - October 2014
The FSU community is invited to an evening of dinner and dancing at the beautiful and historic Massachusetts State House on October 25, 2014. We'll celebrate the University's 175th anniversary while raising money for student scholarships. More details to come...
Time Capsule Ceremony - December 2014
A time capsule will be filled with present-day artifacts from FSU and sealed for future generations. The capsule will be placed in the new science center addition once it is completed.