Black Hills State University officially began its year-long Quasquicentennial celebration today with the Founders’ Day Luncheon in honor of the date the University was founded – Feb. 27, 1883. Paul Higbee, author of Black Hills State University - 125th Anniversary, and photographer Les Voorhis, signed copies of the book, which was available for purchase for the first time. Voorhis provided a presentation of his photography of the campus, and Higbee gave an overview of the University’s history. Spearfish mayor Jerry Krambeck presented the proclamation from the city of Spearfish, and Wheaton read the proclamation from the state of South Dakota, naming February 27, 2008, Black Hills State University day. The luncheon ended with a dedication of a time capsule, which will remain open through the year for collection of memorabilia. It will be re-opened in 2033, when BHSU will celebrate its Sesquicentennial. Tom Wheaton, director of Alumni Relations at BHSU, was the emcee for the event.