Harlaxton at Fifty (one)


Harlaxton College hosted a 50th reunion (one year late due to Covid) for former Harlaxton students from May 28-30, 2022. Over one hundred people traveled to Harlaxton, including students and faculty members from the inaugural year in 1971.

Harlaxton Panorama by Bob Kitto

In addition to connecting with our classmates, we were offered guided tours of the house and gardens: an opportunity only recently made available to the general public on a limited basis. It was amazing to see the results of the restoration, conservation, and maintenance that the University of Evansville has invested in the historic property which was constructed in 1831.

Harlaxton Inaugural Class of 1971
Left to right: Gene VanDeBittner, Mike Gardiner, Katherine Kitto Kott, Jane Lawson, Mark Scanlan, Jim Mains, Mary Bloesch Cusack, Tim Cusack, Lucy Lane, Dick Lynch, Dee Sachs Carithers, Carol Lynch

Members of the inaugural class, pictured above were given accommodations quite different from those we experienced as students. We stayed in the elegant bedrooms where faculty were housed during our time at Harlaxton. Many of us tried to locate the rooms where we had lived as students and found them quite transformed

Piper Plays at Closing Banquet

On the final evening, we enjoyed a lavish banquet and were treated to the tunes of the Harlaxton piper as we finished our meals.

Fireworks Finale

Following the dinner, there was a spectacular fireworks display on the lawn. Some people attempted to watch from their balconies. One former student realized he was not as svelte as he had been in his student days and had some difficulty getting back inside. Unfortunately, no photos or video of that event are available to share.

On Tuesday morning, we took our leave with renewed gratitude for the experience we had at Harlaxton as students, and appreciation for the efforts of the staff to create a memorable reunion experience for us.

Many thanks to my brother, Bob Kitto who took this photo as well as the others attributed to him in this post.

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