Land-Grant Wall and Lincoln Mural

April 27, 2018

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Level 200, near the Food Court; and along West Staircase – Lory Student Center

Land-Grant Wall and Lincoln Mural – Lory Student Center

The Morrill Act, proposed by Vermont Senator Justin Smith Morrill, was ground-breaking legislation signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1862. It created the nation’s Land-Grant University system. According to the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities, these institutions focused on teaching agriculture, military tactics, science and mechanical arts, as well as classical studies, which included the study of language, literature, history, and art of ancient cultures. Land-Grant Universities were originally created as engines of the American Dream; they created access to educational opportunities for all citizens of all classes.

Colorado State, Colorado’s only land-grant institution, celebrated the Act’s 150th anniversary in 2012. The Lincoln and Land-Grant Walls, located in the Lory Student Center, pay tribute to this act and the University’s history. Colorado State is still defined as a modern day land-grant college with prominent programs in agriculture, biology, veterinary medicine, chemistry, and many other programs that have helped establish CSU as a world-renowned academic and research institution.

About the Lory Student Center

The Lory Student Center is proud to foster an environment that honors and respects all members of the University community, and creates a friendly, inviting destination for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and guests. We are proud to be the gathering place for the campus community, and to offer vibrant social, educational, recreational, and cultural activities that stimulate discussion and debate.