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40 years ago: Departing director speaks of need for new building for KU art museum

May 6, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 6, 1971:

  • Bret Waller, the director since 1968 of the Kansas University Museum of Art, had resigned his post and accepted a position at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, where he would be in charge of a newly established department of public education. Waller said that his only regrets about his time at the KU museum concerned the "failure to make any perceptible progress toward a solution of the critical physical plant problems. Unless these problems are solved - unless there is a new museum building soon - all the momentum we have been able to generate will be lost." [The museum, which was then housed in Spooner Hall, would not receive a new home until the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art opened seven years later.]
  • Dr. E. Raymond Hall, Summerfield professor of zoology at Kansas University, met with members of the Lawrence Sierra Club to discuss the benefits of the proposed Tallgrass Prairie National Park. The proposed park, a minimum of 3,000 acres on the eastern slope of the Kansas Flint Hills, would preserve the only virgin tallgrass prairie remaining in the United States, said Hall. At the same meeting, members voted to support opposition to the development of a proposed nuclear waste facility at Lyons, Kan.

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