As we look forward to the 200th anniversary of the College’s founding on January 21, 2019, a committee of faculty, staff, and students have been hard at work preparing an array of events to educate, commemorate, and celebrate the College’s history. This is a list of events that have been scheduled so far, and we will revise this document as new events and opportunities arise.

January 4: Centre Bicentennial Bourbon Release from Wilderness Trace Distillery
• Two barrels sold in 1 week; Bicentennial Bourbon remains in stock thru October 2019

January 16: Founders Day Convocation with Special Guests Jim Seabury ’87, Milton Reigelman, and Crit Blackburn Luallen ’74
A luncheon followed with Bicentennial-themed courses hosted throughout the day.
• Beau Weston and Tara Strauch on Centre’s Presbyterian Origins
• Amos Tubb and Ravi Radhakrishnan on Centre’s Endowment
• Lenny Demoranville and Pat Heist on bourbon
• John Kinkade and Azita Osanloo on the English language in 1819 when Center was Centre

January 16: Founders Day Community Banquet & Gala
Founders Day Evening Gala hosted music by Zach Klobnak and Gregory Turay along with a choir of high school singers. There was a brief talk by Beau Weston on Centre’s Centrist character, followed by a preview of the Centre bicentennial film with Tom Thurman ’84, and a fancy dessert reception with a toast by Hank Alford ’89, Alumni Association President.

January 18-21: Centre Service Weekend

January 21: MLK Convocation with Father Norman Fisher ’95

January 25: Centre Associates Dinner and Third Century Campaign and Bicentennial Celebration

January 31, 2020: Centre Associates Dinner and BOT Meeting with Special Guests Dr. and Mrs. Rich Morrill
Rich and Martha Morrill have accepted an invitation to attend the BOT luncheon, meetings, as well as the Associates dinner that evening. During the Board Luncheon, Rich will be invited to share a retrospective on his presidency.

February 7, March 26, April 23: Bicentennial Lunch n’ Learns for Faculty and Staff
• Women working at Centre: Mona Wyatt, Barbara Hall, and Christine Shannon
• Working with Students at Here and Abroad: Nancy Lackey, Ruben Mosley, Bruce Johnson
• Trading Spaces: Campus Changes with Wayne King, Milton Reigelman, and Ann Young

February 12: Press Lecture with Special Guest Jon Meacham, The Battle for Our Better Angels

Thursday, February 13, 2020: Press Lecture with Annette Gordon-Reed
Annette Gordon-Reed, a renowned expert on Thomas Jefferson, will be the Press Distinguished Lecturer, speaking on Talking About the Past.

February 21: Centre Film Premiere & Reception in Cincinnati at Mariemont Theatre
Special Guests Tom Thurman ’84 and students discussed the making of the film and answered questions from the audience (premieres also hosted in Frankfort, Danville, Lexington, and Louisville).

February 23: Special Bicentennial Beer, The Flame, produced by Fusion Brewing in Lexington
A premiere party was hosted for alumni, parents, and friends at Fusion Brewing while we live-streamed the Centre men’s basketball playoff game.

May 19: Commencement with Stuart Sanders ’95
Bicentennial Commencement speech on consequential, but not necessarily well-known, Centre alumni, with a charge to 2019 grads to take inspiration from them.

August 31: Opening Convocation with Ellen Goldey and Presentation of the College Mace
The Centre College Mace will serve as the beginning of a new tradition for the College as it moves into its Third Century. The Mace is made of poplar from floor joist removed during Old Centre renovation and its design was created by the late Stephen Rolfe Powell’74, then realized by Ché Rhodes ’95 and Brook White’91. The glass flame is lit from within to embody the College’s motto, doctrina lux mentis.

September 25: Nana Timothy Kusi ’65 Visit and Convocation
A dinner to honor Nana Timothy Kusi ’65 will take place prior to the convocation. The evening will focus on Tim’s experience at Centre during the early 1960’s. The Presbyterian Church is excited to partner with Centre on this venture and their new minister has arranged a special visit to the Presbyterian headquarters in Louisville.

October 2: Boyle Landmark Trust Plaque Dedication & Bluegrass deTour
This fall, Centre will dedicate the remaining five Boyle Landmark Trust plaques as well as host a Bluegrass detour with the Blue Grass Trust in Lexington, Ky. At each stop on the tour, Andrew Patrick will station students from his public history class to speak to guests about the history of each building.

October 11: Bicentennial Lunch & Learn with Special Guests Dr. and Mrs. Michael F. Adams
As we celebrate Centre’s 200th year, step back in time with Centre’s 19th president, Michael F. Adams, and former first lady and Norton Center staffer Mary Adams. Enjoy a catered luncheon and reflect with them as they share their Centre experiences from 1989 to 1997.

October 11: LUX on the Lawn Music Festival
The following alumni and Centre faculty are confirmed for the daylong music festival: Carmel Bowman ’84, Conrad Shiba, Chip Greene ’95, Brandi Hart ’97, Cadey Phipps ’13, David Newton ’15, Nathan Link, Brian Cusato, Nathan Pierson, Alex Nyhan, Hannah Hooper ’20 and Jeri Katherine Howell ’16, James Kalb ’12, Alex Ruffner ’13, Mike Dixon, and Dan Worley. LUX will be family-friendly and open to the Danville-Boyle community in addition to alumni and friends.

October 11: Centre Legends Release at Wilderness Trail Distillery
On Thursday, August 8 – eight Centre Legends participated in a VIP Barrel select tasting at Wilderness Trail to select the final barrel for the Bicentennial celebration. The Centre Legends are Milton Reigelman, Eric Mount, Ray Hammond ’65, Barbara Hall, Roberta White, Rubin Mosley, Mona Wyatt, and Sue Alexander. Two-hundred bottles will be for sale on a first-come, first-serve basis during Homecoming Weekend. The barrelhead and barrel will be available at auction at the Associates Reception.

October 26: The Wright Angle | William Wesley Peters: The Man behind Frank Lloyd Wright
The exhibit in the Norton Center lobby features photographs, renderings, and historical references to the relationship between William Wesley Peters and legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright.

November 1: Centre College: A Bicentennial History 1819 – 2019
Beau Weston revised the College’s history and will release the book on a print-by-demand basis through Amazon. The Bicentennial Committee plans to mail copies of the history to all public and college libraries in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.

November 11: Isaac Shelby Convocation with Michael Hail ’89
Michael Hail ’89 is invited to speak on the topic of Isaac Shelby, Centre’s first board chair. Hail is a Shelby expert who currently teaches government at Morehead State University and serves on the Truman Scholarship Board.