Northern Illinois University is celebrating 125 Years!

This year marks the 125th Anniversary of Northern Illinois University.  A series of festivities have been planned for this year, to reflect on the past, while looking towards the future of the higher education learning institution that is situated in DeKalb, IL.

Established as a cornerstone of the community, NIU shares a great deal of its history with DeKalb County.  In May, the exhibition, “Crimson Days”, will open at the Ellwood House Museum, and a companion lecture, “constructing the Castle”, will be held on campus.   Both will highlight the contribution of the individuals behind the founding of the Northern Illinois State Normal School, its predecessor.  In July, an environmental art installation, “River Weaving,” will illuminate the surprising role played by the Kishwaukee River in the selection of DeKalb as home to the Normal School.

Throughout the year, there also will be proclamations and receptions at university conference centers expected around the region, and a week of events planned in Chicago. (See the full list of events here.)

DCEDC congratulates NIU on its many achievements throughout 125 years of dedication and perseverance.  DCEDC appreciates the significant investments NIU has made and continues to make. We are grateful for the close partnership with NIU and proudly look forward to the continued synergy with this stellar institution.



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