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Giving Peace A Chance, Sort Of

January 31, 1916

KU senior Kenneth Pringle returns to Lawrence from his trip to Europe aboard Henry Ford’s “Peace Ship,” an idealistic but ultimately preposterous attempt to end World War I.

Hello, I Must Be Going

February 2, 1916

Braving below-freezing temperatures, over 4,000 KU students and local residents gather to see President Woodrow Wilson while his train pauses in Lawrence.

Sunday’s Sermon

May 4, 1916

Evangelist Billy Sunday, nationally known for his passionate support of prohibition and revivalist crusades, congratulates Kansans for being the “least illiterate” people in the country in a speech to more than 1,800 KU students and faculty and members of the Kansas Editorial Association at Robinson Gymnasium.

Chancellor Strong’s About-Face

May 4, 1917

Shortly after the United States formally enters the First World War, KU Chancellor Frank Strong speaks on “Mobilization at the University” before the National Council of Defense in Washington, DC.

Dr. William T. Fitzsimons

A Death In France

September 7, 1917

Lt. William T. Fitzsimons, a KU alum and US Army doctor serving in France, becomes the first American casualty of World War I.

“We Can’t Lose The Medical School”

June 21, 1920

In a special referendum, Rosedale voters approve a $30,000 bond issue, enabling acquisition of today’s KU Medical Center campus site and convincing state legislators to approve $435,000 for a new hospital and other Medical School additions.