EUREKA – Eureka College will celebrate its annual Founders Day with a week-long celebration from Feb. 4-8. Events throughout the week include the annual Founders Day Convocation on Thursday, Feb. 7 and an exhibit showcasing two of the College’s Founders and ideals and how 1932 graduate Ronald Reagan lived up to those ideals.
The Founders Exhibit will kick off the week with a grand opening on Feb. 4 and be on display throughout the month of February inside Moser Lobby and the Reagan Museum in the College’s Cerf Center. The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.
An evening “Burgoo Cook-off” is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 5. The Burgoo, located inside the Cerf Center, takes its name from a stew that early Eureka settlers cooked over open fires at community celebrations held in the area where the Cerf Center now stands.
On Feb. 7, the Eureka College Arts and Lectures Board will host Grand Valley State University associate professor of history Dr. Louis Moore for his presentation, “From ‘Shut Up and Play’ to the Activist Athlete: A Brief History of Black Activism in Sports.”
Eureka College was incorporated on Feb. 6, 1855, by an act of the Illinois Legislature. The founding date coincides with the birth date of the college’s most famous alumnus, Ronald Reagan, who graduated in 1932. The College was founded by members of the Christian Church and is among 17 colleges and universities affiliated with the church.