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This Week in KU History

  • Newly elected Kansas Governor Thomas Carney encourages establishment of a state university during his inaugural address before the state legislature.

  • An electric pipe organ for the chapel of old Fraser becomes one of the first major acquisitions arranged by the KU Endowment Association.

  • The Lawrence police chief and city attorney, as well as the Men’s Student Council at KU, approve the tango, but University faculty condemn the dance, forcing the tango teachers to leave town.
  • The University Daily Kansan becomes the first college daily newspaper in the Sunflower State.

  • The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas is opened to the public.


KU Today
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times