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Civil Rights at KU 1865–1970: Separate But Not Equal

Although Kansas joined the Union as a free state, African Americans entering this new land looking for homes and livelihoods encountered a rigid color line. The conflict between lofty ideals and racist realities became a central theme of the African American experience in Kansas. In Separate But Not Equal:...

From Hogback Ridge to Mt. Oread

On August 1, 1854, twenty-nine free-state settlers of the New England Emigrant Aid Company arrived at the spot below Hogback Ridge, the site chosen for settlement of the group by Dr. Charles Robinson and Charles Branscomb. This group of men had high aspirations for the city- Promote the...

Coaching Legends Return

August 12, 2014- Kansas Athletics has announced that the last four KU Men's Basketball coaches will return to Allen Fieldhouse for a celebration of the building's 60th anniversary. Ted Owens, Larry Brown Roy Williams and Bill Self will reminisce about their times in what most consider the best college basketball...

Former KU Basketball Player Ron Loneski Dies

Ron Loneski, a teammate of Wilt Chamberlain in the mid-1950s, died Friday, August 1, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital at the age of 77. Arrangements will be announced by Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home. Loneski was a former roommate of Wilt Chamberlain at KU and started on the 1957 Final Four team....

Bring Back the Trolley

I present KU history lectures to visitors to campus, and one of the items that surprise people the most is when I mention the electric trolley line that ran from downtown Lawrence to Strong Hall. The trolley first appeared on Mt. Oread on April 19, 1910, and most...

The Annual Ball

If you live around Lawrence, Ks, you know that March means a lot more than St. Patrick's Day. It's tournament time and the KU men's basketball team has made an appearance in the NCAA Tournament an annual affair. In fact it has been a quarter of a century (1989)...

84 Years Later, Tombaugh Story Still Engages

He was a farm boy in Burdett, KS, with a peculiar hobby. He liked to make telescopes and search the skies. Excited to soon be entering the University of Kansas as a new student, Clyde Tombaugh’s dream was postponed due to a hailstorm that took out the family...

‘Jayhawkers’ To Premiere Feb. 14th

University of Kansas Film & Media Studies Professor Kevin Willmott’s latest film, "Jayhawkers," will premiere at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, at the Lied Center. Willmott’s latest film tells the story of a group of unlikely allies who modernized college sports and changed Lawrence during the...

Journalism School Grad to be Honored

Steve Doocy, the first DJ on the student-run radio station KJHK 90.7 FM, has been named "Distinguished Kansan of the Year." Doocy, currently a host on "Fox and Friends" on the Fox News Channel, will be honored as the "Distinguished Kansan of the Year" by the Native Sons & Daughters...

Dean Smith Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

Dean Smith, a member of the KU men's basketball team between 1949-1953, and an assistant coach for the team during the 1953-54 season, received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Obama on Wednesday, November 20, 2013. Smith was one of 16 receiving the award, considered the USA's highest civilian...

Peabody Award-Winning Prof. Calder Pickett Dies

Former KU Journalism Professor Calder Pickett died on October 29, 2013. He was 92. Pickett retired from KU in 1988 after 37 years teaching in the School of Journalism. Many journalism students will remember their History of American Journalism classes under the professor. He won the H.O.P.E Award in...