Looking Back: Our Bicentennial Year in Pictures

“When we set out, the main goals for the Bicentennial were for more people to know about Maryville College, realize and celebrate the College’s influence in the region and support the important work happening on campus and beyond,” Maryville College President Dr. Tom Bogart told the hundreds of alumni, faculty, staff and friends who gathered in the Clayton Center for the Arts for the Founder’s Day and Bicentennial Celebration on Oct. 19 – the College’s actual founding date in 1819.

“Well, all I can say is, ‘mission accomplished!’”

Since January 2019, the College carried out almost 40 bicentennial-themed events and projects: everything from trail hikes covering the same territory as Rev. Isaac Anderson to a college preparation activity book distributed to every second grader in Blount County; from a monthly interview-style podcast called “Chilhowee Chats” to receptions and galas that have highlighted our dedicated faculty and staff and the impressive students pursuing their studies and dreams at Maryville College. There were also city, county and state proclamations, and Gov. Bill Lee proclaimed the year 2019 as the “Maryville College Bicentennial Year” in Tennessee.

“We have an incredible history, but I believe that Maryville College’s best days still lie ahead,” Bogart said. “I think you will agree that we are off to a great start for the next 200 years and beyond.”

Read more about the numerous Bicentennial events and projects held throughout 2019 - and check out the photos and videos!

Isaac Anderson Cabin spread from Focus Magazine

Isaac Anderson Cabin

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Major Events spread from Focus Magazine

Major Events

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Publications & Prints spread from Focus Magazine

Publications & Prints

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Performances spread from Focus Magazine


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Community Engagement spread from Focus Magazine

Community Engagement

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Homecoming spread from Focus Magazine

Homecoming & Bicentennial Celebration

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Feedback about Bicentennial Events and Projects

We received great feedback about our Bicentennial events - read comments from some of our alumni! 

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