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World War I

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.

Rising For The Fallen

April 30, 1926

A ceremony complete with military honor guard marks the laying of the cornerstone of the Kansas Memorial Union building.

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.

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.

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.