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ISSUE 121 VOL 6 PUBLISHED 11/2/2007

This Week in St. Olaf History

By Mark Forsberg
Staff Writer

Friday, November 2, 2007

Founders Day: a commemorative date on which students, alumni, faculty and emeriti alike celebrate the signing of the Articles of Incorporation on Nov. 6, 1874. This momentous event piloted the mission for an academy rooted in values of the Evangelical Lutheran Church and the prestige of higher education.

Nov. 6 marks an esteemed day in St. Olaf history — essentially the beginning of its history. Intent on developing students to become valuable citizens of the world, five men (including the college's founder Bernt Julius Muus) promised that St. Olaf would be an honored institution for generations of Oles.

Henceforth, Founders Day has been a marked occasion for dedicating buildings such as Old Main in 1878 and celebrations by Oles both at home and abroad clinging to their alma mater.

Fram! Fram! (onward, onward) we are led into St. Olaf's 133rd year of tradition and value.

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