HAYS, KS --- Fort Hays State University, on Feb. 26, in Topeka, will become an official institution of higher learning when Gov. W.E. Stanley signs the legislation into law.
This event, though, is a re-enactment sponsored by the FHSU Alumni Association. It is the Centennial re-enactment of the Feb. 26, 1901, signing. Gov. Stanley is being played by Dr. Herb Songer, FHSU vice president of student affairs. He will be assisted by Dr. Larry Gould, provost of the university. Activities for the day include, besides the re-enactment, a social and banquet and tours of the state Capitol, the governor's residence and the Kansas Museum of History. Participants will receive special FHSU memorabilia.
"The Fort Hays State Alumni Association is pleased to be able to take an active part in reliving FHSU history and sponsoring an event of this magnitude," said Debra Prideaux, FHSU's executive director of alumni and governmental relations. "In February 1901 when Governor W.E. Stanley signed this important piece of state legislation, it provided for an auxiliary branch of the Kansas State Normal School which later became known as Fort Hays State University. "Now, almost 100 years later, FHSU alumni and friends throughout Kansas and beyond continue to revel in the success of this institution."
Special guests will include Dr. Edward H. Hammond, FHSU president; Gary Sherrer, lieutenant governor of Kansas; Jim Forsythe, FHSU historian and retired dean of the Graduate School; Dr. Raymond Powers, executive director the Kansas Historical Society; and various legislative guests, alumni and friends.
Two tour options are available. People who can provide their own transportation may participate in all the day's activities for a cost of only $48.
Persons who need transportation can join the excursion on a bus from Hays at 7 a.m. on Feb. 26. That evening, after the activities, the group will stay at the Topeka Best Western Suites, 700 SW Fairlawn. The bus will depart early the next day for Hays and is expected to return by 5 p.m. The return trip will feature lunch at the historic Brookville Hotel Restaurant and a visit to the Eisenhower Museum.
Reservations are required to attend. To obtain further information or to RSVP, contact Kate Schmidtberger at Mooretours International Inc. at 1-800-424-7515 or the FHSU Alumni Office at 1-888-351-3591 or (785) 628-4430.