University prepares for 150th anniversary
Founded in 1858 as the first university in Kansas, Baker will observe its 150th anniversary with a year-long celebration starting in August 2007. Though a year away, preparations already have begun.
Several committees have been formed, including the Community Involvement Committee chaired by Larry Parkin and Cheryl McCrary. In addition, Peach Madl, Diane Wagner, Myra Glover and Connie Deel are working on developing ideas that involve the community as well as Maple Leaf Festival. The festival also will celebrate a milestone in October 2007 -- its 50th anniversary.
Parkin, a 1956 Baker graduate, has been working with the 150th Celebration Steering Committee and its Special Events Chair, Edrie Swanson.
"We're getting excited about it," Parkin said of the events planned for 2007-2008. "We've come up with two pages of ideas on how the community can get involved. It'll be interesting to see it all comes together with Baker's 150th and the Maple Leaf's 50th the same year."
McCrary, a 1983 Baker graduate, agrees.
"This is going to be a celebration where Baker and Baldwin will have the opportunity to do great things together," said McCrary. "The Community Wellness Fair (held in April at the Collins Gym) is a perfect example of working together for the benefit of the community.
Combining the Maple Leaf milestone anniversary with Baker's 150th seems a natural fit, McCrary said.
"Baldwin City is going to be a great place to be next year, and we'll all be able to celebrate together," she said.