MSU Kicks Off Holiday Season with Special Events
By West Kentucky Star Staff
MURRAY - Murray State University will kick off the holiday season with a president's reception, Oakhurst open house, and a holiday concert.

On Wednesday, December 4 from 3 PM through 4:30 PM, "A President's Reception - A Celebration of Giving" will be held at the Pogue Library. The event is open to the campus and the entire community in celebration of the season of giving, as well as to spotlight President Dr. Bob Jackson's appreciation of all who support MSU. 

The President's Office and Town & Gown will host their annual Holiday Open House at Oakhurst on December 6, from 4:30 PM through 6:30 PM. The MSU community and general public are invited for an evening of live music played by University students, light refreshments, and more.

Built by University founder Dr. Rainey T. Wells and his family in 1918, Oakhurst which was named Edgewood at the time, is the president's home, located at 1510 Main Street in Murray.

In 1939 when Dr. Wells left the University to become the general attorney for Woodmen of the World in Omaha, Nebraska, the Murray State Board of Regents unanimously purchased the home for $20,000 and renamed the building Oakhurst. On its 60th anniversary, Oakhurst was named to the National Register of Historic Places.

Following the open house will be the Town & Gown Holiday Concert at Lovett Auditorium, which will take place at 7 PM. The event is free and open to the entire community.

The 80-member Town & Gown Community Band is led by Dr. Todd E. Hill, professor and director of jazz studies at MSU. The group will perform a mix of traditional and modern holiday songs. Hill will lead the chorale and band in a Christmas sing-along for the audience that includes "Joy to the World," "Carol of the Bells," "What Child is This," and others. Jared Heldenbrand is the choir's collaborative pianist.

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Published 12:20 AM, Sunday Dec. 01, 2019
Updated 08:31 PM, Monday Nov. 25, 2019

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