Wasatch Academy has a long and illustrious history, as do many of the most venerable private boarding schools in the United States. From Wasatch Academy’s founding in 1875 by Rev. Dr. Duncan McMillan, this remarkable school has grown dramatically from a small private boarding school to a nationally ranked, highly diverse institution with students from all over the country and the world.
Wasatch Academy celebrates its storied history with its annual Founder’s Day, an all-school event that encourages all members of the Wasatch Academy community to attend, from students and faculty who live on campus, to alumni from all across the country. All boarding students are required to remain on campus during the weekend and to participate with visiting alumni in all scheduled events.
This year’s Founder’s Day takes place the weekend of April 16, 2016. Special events are scheduled to take place throughout the weekend, including guest lectures at the school’s own museum and a book signing by a noted historian of her newly published account of Wasatch Academy’s 142 year history.
The featured events at this year’s Founder’s Day Weekend showcase a book signing with Donna Glidewell, author of Let it Endure like the Mounatins: The Story of Wasatch Academy and Wasatch Academy: The Story Continues. Chronicling the story of Utah’s oldest school, her latest book explores Wasatch Academy’s award-winning arts programs, plethora of outdoor recreation programs, student-run heritage Coffee House and much more. The event will take place at Wasatch Academy’s own historic museum, Liberal Hall, on April 16, 2016.
Another 2016 Founder’s Day Weekend featured event is the weekend lecture, featuring Jane Beckwith, President of the Topaz Museum Board. The presentation, entitled “A Small Town’s Reaction to the Japanese-American Internment Camp at Topaz,” will go over the enduring history of the Topaz Japanese-American Internment Camp near Delta, Utah and the events that transpired there. This is free event, and part of the Liberal Hall Symposium Series.
Like any of the nation’s private boarding schools, Wasatch Academy is proud of its heritage, and is committed to passing that storied heritage on to the next generation. Through Founder’s Day Weekend and associated events, Wasatch Academy seeks to continue the traditions of the school for 141 years — and many more.