FARMINGTON — As the birthplace of higher learning in the state, the University of Maine at Farmington plans to extend its 150th anniversary celebration into the community and across the state.

The celebration will start in September and last an entire year, UMF President Kathryn Foster told selectmen Tuesday.

The school was chartered in 1863 and began in 1864 as the first institution of higher learning in Maine, she said. A Charter Day celebration is planned Oct. 9 and includes the governor, the Maine congressional delegation, local legislators, school and town officials.

“We’re expecting many visitors throughout the year,” Foster said. Activities are planned at the campus and in the town.

Foster and Jennifer Eriksen from UMF Alumni Relations brought a sample banner to show the board and sought permission to hang them on light posts.

“It’s a work in progress,” Foster said of the banner.

The board unanimously agreed to the request, although the decorative downtown lights are the only ones for which they could give permission.

They also appointed Town Manager Richard Davis to act as a liaison between the university and the town to help facilitate the celebration. Selectman Jessica Berry is already involved in the university’s celebration committee and will work with Davis.

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