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Birthday bash includes re-enactment of legislative session creating UI

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A re-enactment of the legislative session that created the University of Iowa 150 years ago will be one of the highlights of the UI sesquicentennial birthday bash Tuesday, Feb. 25.

The birthday party for the university will be from 4-7 p.m. in the building where it all began, the Old Capitol, which was Iowa's first state capitol and the building where legislation creating the university was approved. Members of the public are invited to join the university community for birthday cake, punch and coffee in celebration of the UI sesquicentennial. The event is free and open to the public. No tickets are required.

A number of current Iowa legislators are expected to be on hand to perform the re-enactment. Also scheduled to attend are Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and former Gov. Robert D. Ray.

The festivities will begin at 4 p.m. with a cake-cutting by UI President Mary Sue Coleman, followed by the re-enactment. At 5:50 p.m. a special program will begin with remarks by Coleman and Ray. Branstad will then sign a commemorative resolution.

The event will also feature a display of luminaria around the Old Capitol and the Pentacrest.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires an accommodation to participate in any of the Founders Day events, please contact University Relations at (319) 335-0557.