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Monmouth College to host Family Weekend Sept. 16-18

Barry McNamara
Big Red welcomes the Welty family at the legacy brunch at last year’s Family Weekend at Monmouth College. This year’s event will be held Sept. 16-18.
Monmouth College’s annual Family Weekend will headline a busy Sept. 16-18 schedule on campus. In addition to the popular celebration, which this year is titled “Dive Into Family Weekend,” the college will welcome prospective students for a “game day” open house. The event coincides with the Monmouth vs. Lawrence football game that kicks off Sept. 17 at 1 p.m. at April Zorn Memorial Stadium.

Family Weekend is designed primarily to help students enjoy the Monmouth College experience with their families. The weekend’s festivities will begin with a performance by comedian/magician Michael Kent on Sept. 16 at 8 p.m.

Saturday’s activities begin with a 5K run/walk at 8 a.m., starting in front of the Huff Athletic Center. A “legacy” brunch will be held at 10 a.m. in Quinby House. Open to students and their alumni relatives, the event celebrates Monmouth’s long-standing family traditions. Also starting at 10 a.m., cookout food and “inflatable” activities for all ages will be available in The Quad until 2 p.m.

Another 10 a.m. event is the formal dedication of the Gen. Abner C. Harding Collection will be held on the upper level of Hewes Library. One of Monmouth College’s early trustees, Harding was an attorney, capitalist and railroad developer who gave the land for the first college building and endowed the first professorship. At the age of 55, he commanded a Civil War regiment that included many Monmouth College students and was elevated to brigadier general as a result of his leadership in the Battle of Dover in 1863. He later became a U.S. Congressman.

Harding’s descendants will formally present a collection of his effects to the college, including his officer’s sword, a portrait of the general by Matthew Brady, a walking cane presented to Harding in Congress and a family Bible, containing his own handwriting. The collection will form the nucleus of a future display about Monmouth College’s military heritage.

Beginning at 3:30 p.m. at Peacock Memorial Athletic Park, the women’s and men’s soccer teams will host alumni games. The men’s team will recognize members from the 2001 squad that reached the NCAA tournament for the first time in the history of the program. The women’s soccer team will host varsity games against Grinnell and Cornell on Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m., while the men welcome Cornell on Sunday at 1 p.m.

On Saturday at 7 p.m. in Dahl Chapel, three MC music ensembles will present the annual Family Weekend Concert, which is free and open to the public. Performing will be the Monmouth Chamber Orchestra, the Monmouth Chorale and the Monmouth Winds. At 9 p.m. in Dahl Chapel, students and their families will be treated to a performance by hypnotist Tom DeLuca. Reservations and a ticket are required for admission.

The office of admission’s game day event is an abbreviated version of its typical open house program. The day’s schedule begins with a welcome at 10 a.m. in the Dahl Chapel, and prospective students will remain busy with tours, meetings and a meal until just prior to the game’s kickoff. For more information or to register for the open house, call 800-74-SCOTS or e-mail

For more information about Family Weekend, contact the Stockdale Center office at 309-457-2345.