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Knox College turns 175

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  • Knox College turned 175 years old Wednesday and planned to celebrate with, among other things, a showing of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."

      Knox College turned 175 years old Wednesday and planned to celebrate with, among other things, a showing of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."

 
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GALESBURG -- Knox College turned 175 years old Wednesday and planned to celebrate with, among other things, a showing of "Invasion of the Body Snatchers."

The small liberal arts college was founded on Feb. 15, 1837, as Knox Manual Labor College in Galesburg. It has about 1,400 students.

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The school planned pub nights for graduates in cities such as Chicago, Denver, San Francisco, New York and London. It also planned to serve up a birthday cake in the university union.

But according to The Register-Mail newspaper in Galesburg, the movie showing had a special meaning. The science-fiction classic was written by Knox alum Jack Finney. He graduated from Knox in 1934.

Activities continue through the month at Knox.

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