Building Community through Shared History - A KU Memorial Union Program

This Week in KU History

  • 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.

  • Hillcrest House, located less than a block from KU’s campus, formally begins its run as an “organized house” for independent women students.

  • KU's performance art center, The Lied Center, opens to the public with a six-day run of "The Secret Garden." The $14.3 million center was a gift of the Lied Foundation Trust. It is dedicated to former KU student Ernst Lied's parents Ernst M. and Ida K. Lied.


Link to secure giving to KU History via KU Endowment

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
5th nationwide for service to veterans —"Best for Vets: Colleges," Military Times