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Francis Huntington Snow

Natural Observer

April 1, 1874

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

Back In Power

October 2, 2002

KU announces that its 1887 powerhouse building will be transformed into a new home for the Hall Center for the Humanities.

Foster Care

December 4, 1955

After serving as “temporary” women’s housing for 12 years, Foster Hall finally becomes a men’s scholarship residence as originally intended.

“An Old Friend”

June 26, 1940

KU begins renovations that will transform the former official chancellor’s residence at 1345 Louisiana Street into a men’s scholarship dormitory known as Carruth Hall.

Finger In The Dyche

November 30, 1932

After the state architect declares Dyche Hall structurally unsound, the Board of Regents closes KU’s Natural History Museum for a period that will end up lasting nine years.

Snow’s Day

June 8, 1930

Present-day Snow Hall is dedicated, replacing the original Snow Hall that had fallen into disrepair.

A “Stupendous Windfall”

August 24, 1894

Dr. Simeon Bishop Bell, a Wyandotte County physician and real estate speculator, offers KU $75,000 in land and money to build a new hospital and medical college in present-day Kansas City, Kansas.

Say You Want An Evolution

January 30, 1894

KU Chancellor Francis H. Snow announces that he will give a series of University Extension lectures on evolution, a move that provokes much criticism from local religious leaders.

A Rivalry Is Born

October 31, 1891

The flagship universities of Kansas and Missouri initiate what will become one of the oldest rivalries in NCAA Division IA football. Unfortunately, with MU's seceding from the Big 12 in 2011, the rivalry is on hold.

Mayday Mayhem

May 1, 1891

Male students participate in the first "Maypole Scrap," a rowdy fracas that will be a KU tradition and popular spectator sport for over a dozen years.