During the early days of the institute, there was the old Olin-Preston Institute and the newer buildings of the agricultural experiment station. Many of these buildings were located in the space you see before you (the Preston and Olin Building was located at the end of Alumni Mall facing Main Street). The Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College was built on 283 acres of land that today makes up the Drillfield, the mall, and the lands around Solitude and the Duck Pond. Today’s Virginia Tech main campus covers over 2,000 acres.
In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the Morrill Act and created the land-grant university system. With the sweep of his pen, Lincoln made education more accessible, shaping the future of a young United States.
Virginia Tech celebrates this land-grant heritage 150 years later.
Calendar of Events
The Morrill Act and Virginia Tech
Reception and opening
July 11, 4:30 pm
Newman Library, 2nd floor
Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War
September 5-October 19
Newman Library, 1st floor
2012 Lincoln Lectures
A Man Called Lincoln
James I. Robertson
The Age of Lincoln, Then and Now
Saving the Last Best Hope on Earth: Lincoln and the Constitution
An Inestimable Jewel: Abraham Lincoln and Civil War Era Constitutional Amendments
Thomas E. Mackey