Friday, September 30
The College community will gather Sept. 30 at 5:30 p.m. on the Wiley portico to celebrate the laying of the original cornerstone for the predecessor of today's Wiley Hall. On Sept. 30, 1836, 175 years ago today, area residents, contributors, and future trustees gathered to lay the cornerstone for the main academic building simply known as "The College." An attendee noted that during the ceremony a Bible, a hymn book, and the names of the founders were placed in the cornerstone. The original cornerstone and Bible will be on display in Wiley lobby. In honor of the occasion, the old Wiley Bell, once used to signal the change of classes, will be returned to prominence. A cookout will follow at 6 p.m. at the Tobias Smyth House, where the concept of the College was conceived. Admission is $5 for nonstudents.
A celebration will follow the 8 p.m. performance of the Orchestra of Shanghai, featuring birthday cake at 9:30 p.m. in the parking lot of Wiley Hall and fireworks viewable from behind Wiley and McGlothlin-Street Halls at approximately 9:40 p.m. The road behind Wiley and M-S will be closed during the fireworks show and will reopen at approximately 10 p.m. Come join us as we celebrate our 175th anniversary!
This event is part of the 175th Anniversary Celebration. For more information, visit www.ehc.edu/175.