MU goes to Smithsonian folk festival

Tuesday, June 12, 2012 | 10:28 a.m. CDT; updated 2:21 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 12, 2012

COLUMBIA — Summer visitors to the National Mall in Washington could see a slice of MU along with the usual attractions at the Smithsonian Institution.

The university is among two dozen public land-grant schools that will help celebrate a key moment in U.S. higher education at the annual Smithsonian Folklife Festival on the Mall.

This year's festival will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Morrill Act. The 1862 law set aside federal land for public higher education at large state schools such as Missouri.

The university will have an exhibit on Missouri history and culture, along with historic re-enactors portraying early settlers in Ste. Genevieve. It's the first such appearance for the university at the popular summer festival, which starts in late June.


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