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Events recall fire at Kansas Union

April 17, 2010

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Tuesday will mark the 40th anniversary of the Kansas Union fire.

To remember the incident, KU Student Union Activities will host “Ballroom in Flames,” an exhibit of photographs, newspaper articles and historical information on the fire. Featuring items from the Spencer Research Library Archives and The Kansas Union Collection, the exhibit will be on Level 4 of the Kansas Union, 1301 Jayhawk Blvd. Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday through Friday of next week, the exhibit is free and open to the public.

The Kansas Union fire, which caused more than $1 million worth of damage, was set on April 20, 1970. No one was ever charged in connection with the crime.

On Tuesday, a reception will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the Kansas Union Gallery for the fire’s 40th anniversary. A cake that replicates the 1970 Kansas Union will be in the Kansas Union lobby.

Also that day, the Lawrence Journal-World and 6News will launch a series on the Kansas Union burning and the civil unrest that came in its wake. Photos, audio recordings and reader-submitted stories from that turbulent year will be posted online at LJWorld.com.

Comments

paulette2 4 years ago

LJW then as now, sharp insightful reporting. 1970 - 2010 times change but hey LJW remains the same?

from SDS members lived in student dorms to the Deciphera Sue Mayor it all remains well 'down by the river'.

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paulette2 4 years ago

i know someone from that time that was in the building that night but cannot report about it here on the LJW forum because they are banned from the forum. gee, i know what that's like!

LJW cutting edge investigative reporting, you bettcha!

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prolifersforwar 4 years ago

Liberals are so violent, always committing acts of murder and destruction. The names just keep coming... like... um... and um... well they're godless so they like to kill and he's a Hitler and weapons of mass born in Indonesia... um killers all them kill kill kill. Jason from Friday the 13th--Liberal. Kurtz in Apocalypse Now--hanging out with all those ethnic people? Liberal. Oh yeah--he hung with Dennis Hopper--total liberal. The guy in Fight Club. Case closed! Clearly, this fire was started by a liberal. Look at my evidence and research.

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paulette2 4 years ago

SHOUT PEACE!

sorry, i forgot to post that earlier.

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paulette2 4 years ago

good thing that they didn't really blow up the compressed gas storage at Malott that year.

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paulette2 4 years ago

gee, i didn't start at KU until June of 1970.

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BigPrune 4 years ago

Though I was young at the time, I remember the smelly, lice infested hippies. I also remember the death threats business leaders received on a daily basis because they owned or ran a business - just because they owned or ran a business. I also recall one guy being advised by the police to have a .45 in the glove box and a shotgun in the trunk. Then martial law was declared and the National Guard was brought in to patrol Lawrence and I believe an 11:00 curfew was put into place. When the armored personel carriers started rolling through town, the business owners stood on the curb and applauded their arrival. Today these hippies could be called liberal terrorists, because that's what they were.

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edjayhawk 4 years ago

My Dad worked at the university and I remember him going up there to help and ascertain the situation.

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Althea Schnacke 4 years ago

Wonder if the cake is going to have a chunk missing where the ballroom was?

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independant1 4 years ago

oops I mean, shout piece of cake

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independant1 4 years ago

oops I mean, shout piece of cake

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MacHeath 4 years ago

And you think kids today are bad.

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