Hiram College sets sights on its 150th

By Jen Hirt Record-Courier staff writer Published:

After receiving a $20,000 grant from the Hiram Community Trust earlier this year, the newly-formed Sesquicentennial Committee had a brainstorming meeting in May, and will hold their second in September. The college is pitching in an additional $10,000.

The grant, which will be divided in two $10,000 amounts over the next two years, is specifically for a documentary about the college, which originally was known as the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute.

"We'll really capture history," said Tim Bryan, a sesquicentennial committee member and director of college relations. He indicated the film may be shown nationally, in conjunction with other Disciples of Christ schools, the church with which Hiram has long been affiliated.

The documentary should be completed by the 1999 kick-off celebration. The grant stipulates that the video should include Hiram College's ties to the surrounding communities of Hiram and Garrettsville.

Festivities are tentatively planned for the entire 1999-2000 school year. Founder's Day, Nov. 7 and 8, 1999, will be celebrated with the first viewing of the documentary.

Commencement, which may be centralized on the campus green rather than the football field, and Homecoming also will be key events of the celebration.

The theatre department may present a multi-drama series highlighting important time periods since 1850. English professor David Anderson is conducting research for a sesquicentennial book, to compliment the centennial book from 1950. The individual departments will hold alumni reunions.

The celebration will be capped off with the Opening Convocation at the start of the 2000-01 school year.

The committee, which has only listed tentative ideas so far, is co-chaired by college trustees Chris Henry and Bob Garfield, whose families both have strong ties to the area. The committee includes alumni, administrators, faculty, students, and residents. Anyone interested in participating can contact Tim Bryan at 569-5288.

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