The Ohio State University at Lima

History of Ohio State open course celebrates university’s 150th anniversary: University archivist will visit Lima Oct. 22

October 7, 2019

The Ohio State University was founded in 1870 thanks to a transformational piece of legislation granting federal land to states for the purpose of providing a higher education to working class citizens. This series of statutes, the Morrill Land-Grant Acts, revolutionized higher education throughout America, creating access to a university education for people and communities for whom it was previously out of reach. Since its establishment, Ohio State has epitomized the founding mission of these land-grant institutions — that in educating our citizenry we ensure a better tomorrow for ourselves, our communities and the world.

As part of the celebration of the Ohio State’s 150th anniversary, a free, non-credit open course on the history of Ohio State is being offered through Dec. 19, 2020. Buckeye Biography: 150 Years of Ohio State, is a tailor-made, publicly available version of the popular History of Ohio State course and is available to anyone who is interested in learning more about the origins of Ohio State traditions, notable turning points in our 150 year history, and the contributions of students, faculty, and staff to Ohio State and the world.

The nine-module, non-credit on-line course is taught by David Staley, the director of the Humanities Institute, director of the Center for the Humanities in Practice, and an associate professor of history; and Tamar Chute, professor, university archivist and head of archives in the University Libraries. Anyone can enroll at

Enrollees in the course and those interested in the history of Ohio State can discuss the topic when Tyler Osborne, the Sesquicentennial Archives assistant from University Archives, visits Ohio State Lima at 4:30 p.m., Tues., Oct. 22, 2019, in the Perry Webb Student Life Building for a Q&A session.