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.
World War I
A ceremony complete with military honor guard marks the laying of the cornerstone of the Kansas Memorial Union building.
The University celebrates Armistice Day by formally dedicating Memorial Stadium, built to honor the 130 KU students and alumni who gave their lives in World War I.
The worldwide outbreak of influenza, a devastating epidemic known as the “Spanish Flu”, shuts down KU for a month.
Lt. William T. Fitzsimons, a KU alum and US Army doctor serving in France, becomes the first American casualty of World War I.
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.
The first group of KU women "do their bit" to support the country by enrolling in Red Cross classes as America edges closer to war.
Braving below-freezing temperatures, over 4,000 KU students and local residents gather to see President Woodrow Wilson while his train pauses in Lawrence.
As World War I rages in Europe, KU Chancellor Frank Strong publicly opposes the idea of instituting compulsory military training in American universities.