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SLCL Foundation Presents Former UMSL Chancellor Blanche M. Touhill

Press Release

Wednesday, September 25, 2013 - 10:00a.m.
The St. Louis County Library Foundation is pleased to present former University of Missouri-St. Louis chancellor Blanche M. Touhill for a discussion and signing of her book “A Photographic History of the University of Missouri-St. Louis: The First Fifty Years” on Wednesday, October 2 at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase from the Missouri History Museum Press.
The event is sponsored by Maryville University.  
Fifty years ago, the post-World War II population boom produced a flood of new college students across the United States. In St. Louis County alone, the demand for higher education increased five-fold to nearly 25,000 prospective students, and the State of Missouri responded. On September 15, 1963, more than 1,500 people gathered on the grounds of the former Bellerive Country Club to dedicate the new University of Missouri-St. Louis, the region’s first public university.
A half-century later, UMSL is now a world-class institution of learning and research. In “A Photographic History of the University of Missouri-St. Louis,” former chancellor Blanche M. Touhill offers an eloquent look back at the development of this beloved establishment’s mission, its identity and its aspirations for the future. Published to coincide with UMSL’s Golden Jubilee celebration, Touhill invites readers to witness the inspiring story of how an urban university dedicated Salus Populi–to the welfare of the people–became a university of excellence and an important center of the community.
Blanche M. Touhill was chancellor of University of Missouri-St. Louis from 1991 to 2002. She was the first woman to be named St. Louis Citizen of the Year in 1997.
Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit