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To celebrate its 250th anniversary, Dartmouth has implemented special programming throughout the term to spotlight the college’s long history. From one-of-a-kind courses to student-run events, all kinds of opportunities that mark this major milestone are available for students. This past weekend, I had the incredible opportunity to participate in some of the school’s festivities and gain some special insight into what makes Dartmouth so special. 

Going out in full force, the College sought to incorporate its very own buildings into the anniversary. Dartmouth Hall, for instance, was lit up green! Moreover, with the help of alumni, buildings across the world were also greenlighted to celebrate the school’s birthday. From the Empire State Building in New York to the Torre Interbank in Peru, alumni from around the world proudly showed off their Dartmouth pride! Talk about a global presence!

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A coloring book that spotlights the beautiful places at Dartmouth!
A coloring book that spotlights the beautiful places at Dartmouth!

 

The school further commemorated its anniversary by hosting a variety of events for its students. Trivia nights, free Ben & Jerry ice creams, epic giveaways, and bouncy inflatables were all part of the lineup for the weekend. I personally attended the events hosted by the Collis Center for Student Involvement and found myself receiving a hoard of free things - chocolate bars, pencils, and phone sleeves. I’m especially excited about the one-of-a-kind coloring book I found. 

 

 

 

 

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The original seal of Dartmouth!
The original seal of Dartmouth!

But to transition more into the academic side of things, I visited Rauner Library earlier this week with the rest of my seminar. Appropriately named “Is Dartmouth a Religion?”, my seminar is a one-of-a-kind-course being taught to celebrate 250 years of Dartmouth history. Given our special course theme, my classmates and I had an exclusive opportunity to examine some significant items of the College’s past. From the school’s charter to its original seal to an old memoir of Eleazar Wheelock, our very own founder, my class critically examined the founding of our highly-revered school. 

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This incredible memoir of Elezar Wheelock is part of Rauner's collection on campus.
This incredible memoir of Elezar Wheelock is part of Rauner's collection on campus.

Additionally, with the assistance of my seminar professor, I’ve begun to draw incredible connections between the world’s religions and our very own school. Several characteristics about Dartmouth - our sacred traditions, the value we place on buildings on campus, a community of believers - parallel some of the core fundamentals of any religion. I’m excited to see how this unique class progresses.

As one of the oldest colleges in the nation (fun fact: we were founded before the Revolutionary War), Dartmouth is bursting with history. In the 250 years since our founding, our College has undoubtedly gone through significant transitions yet some values remain the same. As a student, it’s truly incredible to witness all this history coming to life. 

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