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Birthday bash includes re-enactment of legislative session creating UI
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A re-enactment of the legislative session that created
the University of Iowa 150 years ago will be one of the highlights of the
UI sesquicentennial birthday bash Tuesday, Feb. 25.
The birthday party for the university will be from 4-7 p.m. in the building
where it all began, the Old Capitol, which was Iowa's first state capitol
and the building where legislation creating the university was approved. Members
of the public are invited to join the university community for birthday cake,
punch and coffee in celebration of the UI sesquicentennial. The event is free
and open to the public. No tickets are required.
A number of current Iowa legislators are expected to be on hand to perform
the re-enactment. Also scheduled to attend are Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and
former Gov. Robert D. Ray.
The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with a cake-cutting by UI President
Mary Sue Coleman, followed by the re-enactment. At 5:50 p.m. a special program
will begin with remarks by Coleman and Ray. Branstad will then sign a commemorative
The event will also feature a display of luminaria around the Old Capitol
and the Pentacrest.
Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events.
If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate
in any of the Founders Day events, please contact University Relations at