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Decades

1870 - 1879 (6 articles)

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.

Natural Observer

April 1, 1874

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

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.

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.

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.

“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."