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"Got Your Back", sculpted by Fay B. Stevenson-Smith '64, is displayed in the Whitcomb Heritage Center, located inside of Alumni Hall.

Founders Week 2022

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Watch this special presentation by noted historian Owen Muelder ’63, director of the Underground Railroad Freedom Center.

Tuesday, February 15

Founders Day Historical Exhibit
All Day
Seymour Library Lobby
Check out a special Founders Day exhibit of historical artifacts related to the founding of Knox College and Galesburg. We will explore what it means to be an abolitionist institution yesterday and today. Highlights will include the diaries of abolitionist Samuel Wright, the Founders Compass, antislavery society pamphlets, and contemporary student protest documents. The exhibit is on the main floor of Seymour Library, accessible to all, and will remain up in the library for a month.
(In person for the Knox community. Visitors should review the Knox Together Visitor policy.)

Pop-Up Photo Booth with Founders Day Wooden Cake
11 a.m.- 2 p.m.
SMC Atrium
Take a photo with the Founders Day Cake and the Knox Backdrop and pick up some cool Knox swag!
(In person for the Knox community. Visitors should review the Knox Together Visitor policy.)

Wednesday, February 16

Founders Trivia
12:15 p.m.
We will bring Founders Day to you (virtually)! Students, grab your lunch and join us for Founders Kahoot! action and a chance to compete for some great prizes!
(For current Knox students only)

Founders Day Cake

History of the Wooden Cake
The Founders Day wooden cake was designed by former business office manager James Cuthbertson for the 1952 Founder's Day celebration. The celebration was created to celebrate Knox’s 115th birthday and the whole Knox campus community was invited. The events that day included a skit in Beecher Chapel (which is no longer standing) and a party in Seymour Hall with a dance to follow. For the 117th celebration in 1954, Knox carpenter Ray Pratt and Professor of Chemistry Ira Neifert, designed and made the Old Main Bell Tower on the cake out of a tin can. Each year, the cake is updated with the anniversary year.


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