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Century-old KU student scrapbooks pose preservation conundrum

Odd 3-D objects, brittle paper clippings among challenges of library project

The 100-year-old cracker, glued inside a World War I-era Kansas University student’s scrapbook, poses one of the more puzzling conservation challenges that Noah Smutz is dealing with this summer.

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100 years past: Photos depict building of second Kansas River Bridge in 1916

The second Kansas River Bridge at Lawrence was built 100 years ago this year and was considered one of the “most beautiful” and “most serviceable” bridges in Kansas, according to an article in the Lawrence Daily Journal-World at the time.

Upcoming Kansas archeology field school open to public

The public has a chance to do hands-on work alongside professional and avocational archeologists through the upcoming Kansas Archeology Training Program Field School.

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Eudora Community History Museum upgrades continue with news of coming Smithsonian exhibit

Ben Terwilliger has a plan in case a disaster ever threatens downtown Eudora. The executive director of the Eudora Area Historical Society and curator of the Eudora Community Museum said his plan involves what he views as the three most important artifacts housed in the museum.

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Bronze sculpture of James Naismith, inventor of basketball, takes a seat outside KU's DeBruce Center

Son of artist and professor emeritus Elden Tefft completed the work after Tefft's death

Of the beloved Elden Tefft sculptures on the Kansas University campus, this one — completed after the artist’s death — stands to become the favorite of many students and visitors alike. A bespectacled bronze likeness of James Naismith, inventor of basketball, now sits on a bench outside KU’s DeBruce Center.

Man who helped recover Steamboat Arabia considers digging up second sunken steamship

A man whose family turned the recovery of a 1850s sunken steamboat into a successful Kansas City museum is pondering whether he and his partners want to dig up another steamship.

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Home for Naismith's original rules of 'Basket Ball' taking shape on KU campus

DeBruce Center's target opening date is now April

James Naismith’s original rules of "Basket Ball” now have a home at Kansas University — right down to the nook they’ll rest in — but there’s a lot of finishing touches yet to complete. The target opening date for the DeBruce Center, being constructed adjacent to Allen Fieldhouse, is now mid to late April.

Oregon and California trails remnant in Douglas County nominated for National Register of Historic Places

A remnant of the Oregon and California trails network west of Lawrence was nominated by the state's Historic Sites Board of Review on Saturday to be part of the National Register of Historic Places.

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New exhibit at Watkins Museum chronicles history of medicine in Lawrence

A brick urging pedestrians to not spit on the sidewalk is one of nearly two-dozen artifacts and photographs on display in “Remedies and Memories: Changing Medicine in Lawrence.” Slated to open Friday, the exhibit spans nearly 100 years, cataloging Lawrence’s early days up until the medical advances of the 20th century’s second half.

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Document proving WWII military sex slaves now at home in KU library

Translated and saved by longtime KU professor, ‘Research Report No. 120’ credited with prompting Japan’s apology to 'comfort women'

Grant Goodman, a longtime Kansas University history professor, naturally had many personal papers. KU’s Spencer Research Library now houses 9 linear feet of them, divided amongst numerous boxes, gathered from Goodman’s home after his death in 2014.

Wilson's Creek Civl War Reenactment

Civil War re-enactors with the 3rd Kansas, Battery B, light artillery unit, including two men from Lawrence, participated in the Wilson's Creek 150th Anniversary Reenactment on August 12-14 near Springfield, Mo. William Quantrill fought with the Missouri Guard in the battle, August 10, 1861, considered the second major battle of the Civil War. Two years later, Quantrill attacked Lawrence.

Water Witching the Whereabouts

Emily Bergens Louni talks about Lecompton resident Iona Spencer's use of the water witching technique in helping her find the unmarked grave of her ancestor at Stull Cemetery.

An Honor Finally Bestowed

Emily Bergers Louni, a descendant of Christopher Columbus Blake, a Union soldier during the Civil War, talks about the importance of dedicating his grave nearly 100 years after his death.

Lecompton Historical Society president reacts to Kansas House resolution

Paul Bahnmaier, president of the Lecompton Historical Society, speaks Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in the Capitol after the Kansas House approved a resolution recognizing Lecompton for its role in state and national history.

Practice makes perfect: black history month musical

Members of St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church practice for the upcoming black history month musical.

KU librarian researches the history of bumper stickers

Kansas University librarian Whitney Baker talks about tracing the history of the bumper sticker to Kansas.

Make your own Kansas Day cake

LJWorld.com reporter Brenna Hawley demonstrates how to make a sunflower cake to celebrate Kansas' 150th birthday. Kansas Day is Saturday, Jan. 29.

Old wagon wheel being inspected

A wagon wheel that may have come from an old covered wagon is being inspected for authenticity. The area is being searched and checked to verify the possibilities.

One murder, two very different sides

Steve Haddock and Lannie Ornburn, Assistant District Attorney for Johnson County, discuss the murder of Barbara Haddock.

Students celebrate, study Kansas history

Elementary students spent Kansas' birthday by exploring the state's history as part of a social studies project.