240th Dickinson Anniversary Play
April 6, 2024 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Two hundred forty years ago, the Board of Trustees of Dickinson College held its inaugural meeting in a log building on the town square in Carlisle. Benjamin Rush, who in Philadelphia had initially proposed ‘a college beyond the Susquehanna River’, appointed John Dickinson, then governor of Pennsylvania, to chair the meeting. Together, the Board of fifteen members nominated the Reverend Doctor Charles Nisbet to travel from Scotland to become the first president of the first independent college in the newly constituted United States of America.
Two hundred forty years later on April 6th, a group of local citizens will assemble and reenact the elements of that formative meeting at which the institutional and academic purposes and
standards of Dickinson College were set forth. So inscribed in the College seal and approved on that day: Freedom is made safe through character and learning.