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Sesquicentennial programs

In honor of our 150 year anniversary, we will be celebrating through a diverse range of programs and events that look to honor and explore our history, celebrate who we are today and envision and embrace our future for the next 150 years.

Time and Change: 150 Years of The Ohio State University

A photographic retrospective of The Ohio State University, Time and Change showcases the university's rich history and decades of growth, from its earliest years as the Ohio Agricultural and Mechanical College to the prominent land-grant institution it is today. The book includes more than 300 rarely seen photographs from the collections of University Archives and contemporary university photographers. This coffee table book is published by The Ohio State University Press and is available online and in retail now!

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Sesquicentennial Student Scholar Leadership Program

In honor of our anniversary, 150 students received a scholarship as a part of the Sesquicentennial Student Scholar Leadership Program. During the academic year 2019-2020, these scholars will serve as ambassadors for the university and the sesquicentennial and participate in a Buckeye-focused leadership development program.

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Buckeye Biography: 150 Years of Ohio State

Through the end of 2020, we will honor our land-grant commitment to educating our citizens by offering our popular History of Ohio State course online and at no charge. 150 years of Buckeye history is waiting for you!

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The Carmen Collection

Too often, history is written from a single perspective. The Carmen Collection will cultivate an appreciation for, and understanding of, the many voices that shape its history. These stories — which are difficult to find or simply not well known ­­— will be uncovered, shared and given their place in the university’s history and the collective consciousness of Buckeye Nation. The Carmen Collection will debut in fall 2019.

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Commemorative edition of the Ohio State Alumni Magazine

To celebrate Ohio State's 150th anniversary, the university published a commemorative magazine to share with alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of Ohio State.

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Our Stories, Our Future: An Ohio State Docu-series

The award-winning team behind WOSU’s “Columbus Neighborhoods” series will produce a 6-part mini-documentary series, Our Stories, Our Future, highlighting the depth and breadth of the university. Topics include land-grant heritage, physical campus, student experience, citizenship, international reach, teaching and learning, service and tradition.

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Think Beyond: An Academic Summit Series

As part of the sesquicentennial celebration, we will convene a series of academic summits, each with a distinct focus. These thought-provoking, day-long gatherings of practitioners, experts, leaders and advocates will address the topics of teaching and learning, the role of urban-serving universities and the evolving 21st century land-grant university.

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University Libraries Sesquicentennial Exhibit

For 150 years, every Ohio State student has lived their own unique experience as a member of Buckeye Nation. But university life also binds each generation together with traditions, orientations, commencement, classes, campus living, and activities that make up the web of a student’s life. Scarlet and Gray: The Student Experience, a free exhibition pulled from the University Archives, celebrates the shared past that exemplifies The Ohio State University’s memorable history. The exhibit includes artifacts highlighting fascinating and everyday moments of student life on campus.

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Commemorative Coca-Cola Bottle

Coca-Cola Consolidated is celebrating the Ohio State University's sesquicentennial anniversary by releasing commemorative glass bottles for fans to enjoy. Fans can pick up their limited edition 6-pack in stores across Ohio.

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Celebrating 150 Years with Graeter's Ice Cream

Lots of amazing things happened in 1870, two of which made lasting impacts on Ohio. The founding of The Ohio State University coincided with Louis Graeter starting his families ice cream legacy. Together we are celebrating with a commemorative edition of Graeter's Buckeye Blitz flavor. Grab your pint now in stores across Ohio!