UAF to celebrate centennial with re-enactment ceremony

Time: 1-2:30 p.m.
Location: Centennial Square, between Wickersham and Gruening buildings

The University of Alaska Fairbanks will celebrate its 100th anniversary on Wednesday, May 3, with a ceremony re-enacting the moment when the college was created in 1917.

The event will be from 1-2:30 p.m. at Centennial Square, located between the Wickersham and Gruening buildings on the Fairbanks campus.

The Territorial Legislature approved the creation of the Alaska Agricultural College of School of Mines — the University of Alaska’s predecessor — on April 26, 1917. Territorial Gov. John Strong signed the bill on May 3, establishing the first college in the territory.

A dramatization of that signing, complete with costumes and other details from the era, will highlight the event. It will also include speakers honoring UAF’s past, present and future. Cake and refreshments will be served.

Reservations for the event are requested by April 27 at http://uaf.edu/centennial/events/anniversary.