Founded in 1864 as the Western State Normal School—Maine’s first institution of public higher education, the University of Maine at Farmington’s history is firmly rooted in the tradition of a public liberal arts education, for it was thought that only those with a strong background in the liberal arts could effectively teach the arts and sciences. Though generations of changes have come and gone, the ideals behind our founding in Franklin County are as paramount today as they were 150 years ago. Please join us in 2013-14 as we pay tribute to our treasured past and bountiful future during a monumental year-long salute.
The University of Maine at Farmington’s Sesquicentennial Celebration boasts a myriad of historical, artistic, cultural and academic events sprinkled throughout the 2013-2014 academic year. Students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members will take part in what promises to be a most festive and momentous occasion.
We celebrated Charter Day on a beautiful, blue-sky day October 9th, 2013—150 years to the day since the Maine legislature signed the charter making the University the first public institution of higher education in the state of Maine. The festive day-long campus and community event included a ceremony on the steps of historic Merrill Hall, a picnic at Emery Community Arts Center, a time capsule dedication and an evening reception full of lively art and performances at venues around campus.
150th Anniversary Celebration Sponsors: