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Lady First

June 11, 1873

Twenty-three year old Flora Richardson delivers KU's first valedictory address on her way to becoming the University's first female graduate.

Natural Observer

April 1, 1874

The Observer of Nature, KU’s first serious student publication, issues its premiere edition.

Go Your Own Way

June 16, 1875

KU Chancellor James Marvin gives his inaugural address, urging American universities to chart a different educational course from their European counterparts.

Marvin’s Gardens

March 29, 1878

Chancellor James Marvin leads the first concerted “campus beautification” campaign at KU, a joint student-faculty effort on Arbor Day that culminates in the planting of more than 300 trees on Mount Oread and sets the stage for the development of present-day Marvin Grove.

F.W. Bardwell

The Case of the Gallant Professor

August 17, 1878

Mathmatics and astronomy professor F. W. Bardwell dies at 46. During the Civil War Bardwell, a white officer, was a member of the 3rd United States Colored Infantry Regiment.

One Year At A Time

September 8, 1880

The first six students enrolled in KU’s one-year “Preparatory Medical Course” begin classes on Mount Oread.

Fuller’s Brushes With Fame

March 11, 1886

Ferdinand Fuller, architect of KU’s first building and a member of the original party sent to Kansas by the Massachusetts Emigrant Aid Society, dies at his home near Lawrence.

A Swell Yell

May 21, 1886

Professor Edgar Henry Summerfield Bailey first proposes the cheer that will evolve into the “Rock Chalk, Jayhawk, K.U.” yell.