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University Archives joins Smithsonian celebration

Posted: Jun 14, 2012

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National Mall, Washington, D.C.
Reunion Hall

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 Museums.

Joining more than two dozen universities from around the country, the university will commemorate the 150th anniversary of land-grant universities.

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 lands.

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 continues today.

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.