On Feb. 24, 1870, Missouri Governor Joseph W. McClurg signed the act to establish a school of mines and metallurgy in southeast Missouri. That act led to the creation of the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, which later became the University of Missouri-Rolla, known today as Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T). On Feb. 25, 2020, 150 years and one day after Gov. McClurg’s action, Missouri S&T’s accomplishments and impact on the State of Missouri were celebrated with Missouri S&T Day at the State Capitol. The event was open to the public and showcased informational historical banners, hands-on demonstrations, student design teams, and speakers, including Gov. Parson and University of Missouri President Mun Choi.
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) was chartered on February 24, 1870, as the Missouri School of Mines and Metallurgy, and classes were called to order on Nov. 6, 1871. The first technological institution west of the Mississippi – and one of the first in the nation – the university was a product of the Morrill Act of 1862 and the land-grant movement of the late 19th century. In 2020-2021, Missouri S&T will mark a 150-year legacy of discovery, creativity, and innovation through a series of events, including notable speakers, performances, time capsule creation, and exhibits. The 13-month celebration will kick-off at Homecoming in 2020 and wrap up in November 2021.
The University of Central Missouri (UCM) was founded in 1871 as Warrensburg State Normal School No. 2. Since its founding UCM has been the home of thousands of Missourians seeking an education and a brighter future. These graduates include not only famous Missourians such as Vernon Kennedy and Dale Carnegie but also the everyday Missourians who have always made our state better. In 2021, UCM will celebrate its 150th year by linking our heritage with our future. From February through December 2021, UCM will celebrate with special exhibitions and lectures, a commemorative brick program, and special recognition for graduates as the 150th class. Event details to follow.