On March 5, 1909 the Oklahoma Senate passed a bill establishing a normal school in Durant.

On Tuesday, that normal school, now known as Southeastern Oklahoma State University, and the community will observe this historic date with a Founders’ Day celebration.

The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. in Southeastern’s historic Montgomery Auditorium, located in Morrison Hall. The program will include historian and professor emeritus Dr. David Norris, who will share a brief history of the events surrounding the founding of the institution. Southeastern president Larry Minks will offer comments on the vision and future of the University, and the Southeastern Chorale will perform at the event.

As part of the celebration and in a salute to the building of Southeastern on grounds where peach trees once grew, a peach cooking contest will take place.

Following the formal program, the festivities will move to the loft of the Glen D. Johnson Student Union where contest entries will be judged in two categories: peach pies/cobblers and peach jams/jellies. The contest is open to the public and a prize will be presented to the winner in each category. Entry forms are available at the Southeastern Welcome Center. Entry forms must be submitted to the Career Management Office of Continuing Education in the Welcome Center by noon on March 4.

Entries must be delivered to the Student Union Loft by 1:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

To ask questions, call Scott Hensley at (580) 745-3198 or Cathy Conway at (580) 745-2162.