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Private: The Blue Lady

The “Blue Lady” was Jane Van Meter. She came to Lawrence  after the war with her husband, Charlton Hinman, when he was hired as an English professor. Hinman, who was probably the most eminent  Humanities professor KU ever had, brought with him a machine called the Hinman Collator, a way...

Private: The Higher Education of James Naismith

In 1883, James Naismith left his home near Almonte and enrolled at McGill University in Montreal to study theology. He became an ideal student by any professor’s account, but other students noticed he was not taking advantage of the physical activities available.  Naismith thought it funny that others would think he...

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Chancellors of KU

The Chancellor is the chief executive officer of the University of Kansas, overseeing campuses in Lawrence, Kansas City, Overland Park and Wichita in addition to research and educational centers in Topeka, Hutchinson, Parsons and elsewhere in the state. Bernadette Gray-Little 2009-Present Since arriving at KU in 2009, Bernadette Gray-Little...

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“A Force For Good Design”

July 5, 1857

Architect John G. Haskell, the prolific designer of scores of Kansas buildings, including five KU structures – two of which still remain – first arrives in Lawrence.

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The Jayhawk in History and Legend

April 18, 1861

James Lane's Jayhawkers take up residence in the East Room of the White House to protect the President. Lincoln's assistant wrote "The White House has turned into a barracks. Jim Lane marshaled his Kansas Warriors...the western Jayhawkers..." Hay described Lane as a "gaunt, tattered, uncombed and unshorn figure."

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Down, But Not Out

August 21, 1863

Confederate guerrilla leader William Clarke Quantrill perpetrates his infamous Civil War raid on Lawrence, virtually destroying the town and leaving its surviving residents without financial resources to help support the establishment of KU.

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“The Best That Could Then Be Had”

June 6, 1872

The Fort Scott Daily Monitor glowingly describes KU's new University Hall (later Fraser Hall), asserting "There is no structure on the American continent … equal to this in size or surpassing it in adaptness for the purposes of higher education."