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About Founders' Celebration 2017

Founders’ Celebration commemorates the founding of the University and the legacy of the Stanford family. This is an opportunity for all members of the Stanford community—students, faculty, and staff—together with members of neighboring communities to join in celebration of the success of Jane and Leland Stanford’s dream to establish a "university of high degree."

Stanford History

Photos: Stanford University Archives/Linda A. Cicero, Stanford News Service; Montage: John Holleman

In 1876, California Governor Leland Stanford and his wife, Jane, purchased 650 acres of El Rancho San Francisquito, the perfect location to develop a stock farm for trotting horses.

Ultimately, this land would become the site of one of the premier institutions of higher learning in the world: Stanford University.

Schedule of Events

Join us for special docent tours of the Family Historical Room and take advantage of the rare opportunity to visit the Stanford Mausoleum. The Stanford Family Carriage will also be on display. 

Programming is being finalized, so be sure to check back for updates.