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This Week in KU History

  • In the course of his inaugural address, KU Chancellor Joshua A. Lippincott observes, “nothing so grandly inspires the human soul as the forcing of nature’s secrets from her willing but reluctant hands.”

  • Following more than two months of heavy labor spent converting a former horse barn into a livable student residence, a dozen KU men move into what will become known as the Hill Co-op.

  • President Rutherford B. Hayes becomes the second sitting US president to visit KU and first to deliver an on-campus address, a rather short one since he was apparently winded by climbing the stairs to see the view from the north cupola of University Hall, the building now remembered as “old” Fraser.

  • The University of Kansas football team dons crimson and blue uniforms for the first time.

  • 700 KU students participate in what will be the final Nightshirt Parade, putting to bed a University tradition that stretches back more than half a century.


KU Today
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
23rd nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets," Military Times