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On February 22, 1855, Pennsylvania Governor James Pollock signed the charter that created what is today The Pennsylvania State University. Initially a small college dedicated to the study of scientific agriculture, Penn State was designated the Commonwealth's sole land-grant institution in 1863 and has grown to become one of the world's most distinguished public universities.


Calendar of Sesquicentennial Events
See how we celebrated our 150th birthday, from July 1, 2004, through the end of 2005.

Historical Penn State Photo Series
A year-long weekly series of historical photographs, from the Penn State Archives, highlighting the history of Penn State. Includes explanations and commentary for each photo.

The Penn State Sesquicentennial web pages are maintained by the Office of Advancement Projects
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