Culver-Stockton celebrates 160th anniversary
On Jan. 28, Culver-Stockton marks 160 years as an institution. The school is celebrating by declaring the day National Blue Day. All alumni and friends of the College are encouraged to wear blue to show their support of C-SC.
On Jan. 28, 1853, the Missouri legislature approved the charter for a Disciples of Christ affiliated school, Christian University. In 1918, the school was renamed Culver-Stockton College to honor major donors to the school, Mary Culver and Robert Stockton. During the past 160 years, the school has persevered through its share of hardships: Both Confederate and Union troops occupied campus during the Civil War; at least three school buildings have been completely destroyed due to fire, including “Old Main,” which at the time was the school’s only building; a tornado tore through campus, leveling the Joe Charles Field House, where just hours before hundreds of people had sat watching graduation. Now, looking back, Culver-Stockton honors those tribulations as events that have shaped the path of the College.
The school has also seen historic events and landmark achievements. C-SC was the first school west of the Mississippi River to be chartered specifically for co-education, and it also boasts the oldest fraternity west of the river. Honored visitors to campus include Eleanor Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan, among many others. More importantly, over the years, over 25,000 students have graduated from C-SC.
For National Blue Day, there will be festivities around campus, including a birthday cake for the College and a photo of all current students. There are also events planned throughout the course of the year to commemorate this historic anniversary, including this year’s Homecoming theme, “Reflections of Blue and White.”
For more information, contact Heidi Lanier at (573) 288-6312 or at email@example.com.