Tuesday, February 19, 2019

SIU Carbondale begins 150th Anniversary Celebration

Southern Illinois University Carbondale is launching a yearlong celebration of the 150th anniversary of its founding in 1869 as Southern Illinois Normal University.  The name changed to SIU Carbondale after 1947.

You can visit SIU's 150th Anniversary web pages to find out more about the celebration.

The SIU Press will soon be releasing a special photo-filled commemorative book, Southern Illinois University at 150 Years: Growth, Accomplishments and Challenges edited by John S. Jackson, visiting professor at the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute and political science professor emeritus. The book will feature contributions by a number of other individuals affiliated with the university and community.
The SIU Archives and Morris Library also offers a wide variety of historical resources.  You can find links to an early institutional history published in 1899 among an extensive array of digital collections.


  1. John Jackson with the Southern Illinois University Paul Simon Public Policy Institute is interviewed about his new history of the institution and memorable events in his 50 years of service to the institution. Reporting by Logan Gay of WPSD-TV Paducah, KY NBC-affiliate. New book celebrates 150 years at SIU