Building Community through Shared History - A KU Memorial Union Program

This Week in KU History

  • The Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas is opened to the public.

  • A satirical song written by KU student Helen May Marcell entitled "Daddy Swiped Our Last Clean Sheet and Joined the Ku Klux Klan" is reportedly first published on this date. It was later recorded on KKK Records with the artist listed as "100% Americans". Marcell also wrote other musical comedies for performance at KU.

  • KU grad Steven Hawley, NASA Mission Specialist, returns to earth aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-61-C. It was the second of his five space missions aboard the Shuttle.
  • KU hosts the first annual National Conference of Schools of Journalism, featuring a keynote address by Arthur Brisbane, chief editorial writer for the Hearst newspaper chain.

  • Dick Wintermote, the former Executive Director of the KU Alumni Association, died on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011.


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