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Ohio Northern University Founder's Day 2013

Join Ohio Northern University as we celebrate Founder's Day on Thursday, April 4, 2013.

In March 1866, a 28-year-old, recently discharged Union veteran, Henry Solomon Lehr, detrained at the Ada depot. Lehr had come to northwestern Ohio in search of a site for his projected university. Lehr approach the citizens of Ada for funds to purchase land for a campus and an academic building. In August 1871, the Northwestern Ohio Normal School commenced. Classes began on Monday, August 14, 1871, with 147 students enrolled. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the first classes taught in the academic building were on October 16. Lehr recruited a faculty, while overseeing all the final construction details and managerial matters of the school. Lehr created an educational institution literally from the ground up. This institution in now known as Ohio Northern University.

Founder's Day Schedule

  • 9:30 a.m.: Brunch for Alumni & Friends
    McIntosh Ballroom
  • 11 a.m.: Chapel Service with President Dan DiBiasio speaking
    English Chapel

Please RSVP for the brunch by emailing or calling 419-772-2727 by March 28.