By the act of incorporation, and the amendments thereto, con-
stituting the charter of the Agricultural and Mechanical College
of Kentucky, liberal provision is made for educating, free of v._
tuition, the energetic young men of the Commonwealth whose
means are limited. The Normal Department, for which pro-
vision is also made, is intended to aid in building up the Common
School system by furnishing properly qualified teachers. This ;
College, with the additional departments which will, from time to
time, be opened as the means placed at the disposal of the Trus-
tees allow, will, it is hoped, in the not distant future, do a great
work in advancing the educational interests of Kentucky. Being
entirely undenominational in its character it will appeal with
confidence to the people of all creeds and of no creed, and will
endeavor, in strict conformity with the requirements of its
organic law, to afford equal advantages to all, exclusive advan-
tages to none. The liberality of the Commonwealth in supple-
menting the inadequate annual income arising from the proceeds
of the land-scrip invested in State bonds, will, it is believed,
enable the Trustees to begin and carry on, upon a scale commen-
surate with the wants of our people, the operations of the insti-
tution whose management and oversight have been committed to
them by the General Assembly of Kentucky.
In the act of Congress making provision for the class of col-
leges to which the State College partly belongs, it is declared
" that their leading object shall be, without excluding other
scientific and classical studies, and including military tactics, to
teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and
the mechanic arts, in order to promote the liberal and practical _
education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and "
professions in life." To the departments contemplated in the
act, a Normal School has been added by the State and an Experi-
ment Station by the United States. ยท
The Normal Department of the State College exists under
the authority of acts of the General Assembly, approved April
23 and April 29, 1880. Section 7 of the first act brieiiy defines
the object for which the Department was established, " a Normal