Massachusetts Institute of Technology Celebrates 150th Anniversary with Exhibition

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CAMBRIDGE, MA.- On January 8, 2011, The The MIT Museum opens the new Thomas Peterson ’57 Gallery with a fascinating exhibition highlighting 150 years of the rich history of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. As MIT enters this anniversary year, a wide range of events, exhibitions, symposia and open houses have been planned to celebrate MIT’s contributions to the world. The MIT 150 Exhibition is the first of its kind at the MIT Museum to be curated with the aid of the “collective intelligence” of the MIT community. The collaborative process in which nominations were sought, and votes tallied, yielded unexpected insights and ideas that spoke to the founding president’s vision of getting your hands dirty in the pursuit of truth. As MIT’s first president, William Barton Rogers believed that teaching science should be a hands-on proposition, and, because of that revolutionary idea, the Massachusetts I