170th Birthday Concert and Fireworks is this Saturday



Bethel University will celebrate its 170th birthday this Saturday, Aug. 18, with a concert featuring Renaissance, the Bethel Performing Arts Experience, and fireworks by High Tech Special Effects. The event is being called “How Sweet It Is to Celebrate 170 Years.”

     The concert will begin at 7 p.m. on Bethel’s McKenzie campus adjacent to Baker Fieldhouse.

Sweet treats will also be a part of the evening.

     The concert is free and open to the public. Guests should bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating.

     The concert also kicks off the school year for traditional undergraduate students who will begin fall classes on Monday, Aug. 20.

     Out of more than 40 schools in the state of Tennessee (both public and private) only five institutions are older than Bethel. Bethel University has been around longer than some of Tennessee’s most prestigious institutions including Vanderbilt and Sewanee: The University of the South. Compared to some of the most prestigious institutions of higher learning in the U.S., Bethel University has been in existence longer than the Ivy League Cornell University and Duke University and it is celebrating its 170th birthday with the University of Notre Dame.

     In its 170 years it has grown from a college to a university with distinct colleges that serve students in very specific ways. It operates from its main campus in McKenzie and has satellite campuses in Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, Clarksville and Jackson, and it offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees through a number of learning platforms.

     For more information about this event, contact Myra Carlock at 731-352-4090 or at