The media are invited to cover this special event kicking off the university’s 150th anniversary year

WHO: The St. Louis community will join Washington University students, faculty, staff and alumni in celebrating the university’s founding 150 years ago.

WHAT: 150th Birthday Party — The event kicks off the university’s 150th anniversary year. The birthday party will reflect what the university is and does, with more than 200 events and activities free & open to all.

WHERE: Brookings Quadrangle and other areas on the Hilltop Campus and the Medical Campus.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. concert, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2003

HIGHLIGHTS: Among the 200 events and activities of interest to young and old are:

  • Chancellor Mark S. Wrighton, aka “Magic Mark,” will take off his chancellor’s hat and put on his chemist’s white lab coat to wow audiences with his chemistry tricks.
  • A highlight for children will be Goldilocks on Trial. Law students will present two performances of the fun mock trial, in which kids from the audience will serve as jurors.
  • Lewis, the world’s first robot photographer, will be on hand to take pictures.
  • The School of Medicine will have hands-on exhibits and demonstrations, a one-day version of its popular Mini-Medical School program, a posture analysis and health screenings. Kids can dress up in scrubs or play “Pin the Organ on the Patient.”
  • A performance by the world-renowned Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra will cap the day at 7 p.m. in Brookings Quadrangle.


  • Hilltop Campus: Reserved media parking is available at the south end of Brookings Hall. Take Forsyth Boulevard to Hoyt Drive; take Hoyt to south leg of the circle drive that leads up to Brookings Hall, and a parking attendant will direct you. Please show the attendant a media ID.
  • Medical Campus: Street parking is available on Parkview Place and Euclid Avenue.
  • Media Assistance: Public Affairs staff will be stationed at the Welcome Tents (please refer to accompanying maps) on each campus, and available throughout the day by pager. For Hilltop Campus assistance the day of, page Sue Killenberg McGinn at (314) 836-7357 or pager # (314) 672-2127. For Medical Campus assistance the day of, page Nicole Vines at (314) 670-5815.

Visit the 150th Anniversary page at for stories and high-resolution images. Images from the birthday party will be available throughout the day.