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Truman State University celebrates 150 years

Truman State University in Kirksville was established September 2, 1867. (KTVO/Ashley Hoak)

A northeast Missouri university is celebrating a milestone anniversary this year.

Truman State University in Kirksville was established September 2, 1867.

That's why on Friday, the university held a "Back to School Bash Sesquicentennial Kickoff."

The celebration which was held on Truman's Quad, consisted of free food and live music.

In addition to those festivities, "The Flame to the Second Century" was lit.

That flame was created in honor of the institution's 100th birthday.

The university says that a number of events will be held throughout the school year to celebrate 150 years.

In just a few weeks, Truman, A.T. Still University and the city as a whole are partnering together to host a "Kirksville Community Thank You Dinner."

In addition to Truman, ATSU is celebrating 125 years, while the City of Kirksville is celebrating 175.

The dinner will be held Friday, September 8 in the parking lot at the southwest corner of the intersection of Franklin and Patterson Streets, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00.

A.T. Still University will be providing 1,000 complimentary meals to those who RSVP by Wednesday, August 30.

You can RSVP by emailing communications@atsu.edu or by calling (660)626-2272.

At the event, there will be live music, fellowship, prize drawings and appearances by local mascots.

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