The Morrill Act: The Land Grant Roots of a Great University


On view
Oct 1, 2009 to Oct 31, 2009

This installation showcases one of the United States' most important historical documents: The Morrill Act of 1862. Signed into law on July 2nd by President Abraham Lincoln, the document enabled states to make higher education accessible to all through the establishment of land-grant colleges and universities. As one of these institutions, the University of Illinois, together with KAM, is pleased to host the Morrill Act, only recently available for public viewing outside of Washington, D.C. The exhibition will serve as a focal point for campus wide lectures and educational events as part of the University's ongoing celebration of the Lincoln Bicentennial.

Exhibition programming

September 30
6–7 pm: Film Screening
Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency. Sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, U of I; Illinois Public Media; and Krannert Art Museum

Guest Curator: Ryan Ross

Exhibition sponsored in part by National Archives, Washington, D.C.; Office of the Chancellor, U of I; Office of the Provost and Vice-Chancellor for Academic Affairs, U of I; University of Illinois Library; and Krannert Art Museum.

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