University Archives joins Smithsonian celebration
National Mall, Washington, D.C.
June 27 through July 1
July 4 through July 8
11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
The University Archives will
represent the University of Maryland at the
Smithsonian Folklife Festival, an
annual celebration held outdoors on the National Mall between the Smithsonian
Joining more than two dozen universities from around the country, the
university will commemorate the 150th anniversary of land-grant
Land-grant universities are a legacy of the Morrill Act of 1862, which
established new public institutions in each state through the grant of federal
These institutions—Maryland among them—taught agriculture, military tactics,
and the mechanic arts as well as classical studies, thus providing a broad
segment of the U.S. population with educational opportunities. This mission
A display of images from the University Archives will highlight the
university’s agricultural history. Among them: Matthew Brady’s portrait of
Charles Benedict Calvert, the primary force behind the founding of the Maryland
Agricultural College, which was to become the University of Maryland; and
photographs of important developments in agricultural research at the university
in the 1920s and 1930s.