Park University Panel to Discuss Fides et Labor – 140 Years of Pioneering Education: The Story of Park University

On Tuesday, September 13, at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host a panel of Park University faculty and staff who will discuss Fides et Labor – 140 Years of Pioneering Education: The Story of Park University. A free light reception will precede the lecture at 6:00 p.m.

Situated on the edge of the Missouri River and founded in 1875, Park University is a private, non-profit institution with a rich history of providing quality education and service to its students and community. Panelists will discuss how the stories and photos in this new publication trace the last 140 years as the institution grew from a small Presbyterian school with 17 students into a world-class provider of higher education to more than 17,700 students at 40 campuses across the country. Program presented in partnership with the Park University Alumni Association.

Panelists include: Erik Bergrud, MPA ’94, Associate Vice President for External Relations; Carolyn Elwess, ’71, University Archivist; and Dr. Timothy Westcott, Associate Professor of History and Associate University Archivist, all of Park University. Moderating the discussion will be Christopher Leitch, Community Relations Coordinator at the Johnson County (KS) Library.

Copies of Fides et Labor will be available for purchase. Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit


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