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100 years ago: New Lawrence vaudeville house to open on Christmas Day

December 14, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 14, 1913:

  • "'The Pleasure Spot of Lawrence' is the way Manager Lee Cohn speaks of his new vaudeville house now rapidly nearing completion in the 1000 block of Massachusetts street. 'We expect to make this show the real pleasure mine of eastern Kansas,' he said today.... The building will in all probability be finished by the date announced December 25, and a large force of workmen are being used in an effort to have the building ready for the opening show Christmas afternoon. Plasterers finished their part of the job at noon today and the carpenter work will require but a few more days. Electricians and steamfitters have their work well under way and the opening of the new playhouse will not be delayed by lack of heat or light.... 'While I am not yet ready to announce my opening bill, I feel sure we can open Christmas, and I shall make the announcement the middle of next week unless something unexpected occurs.'"
  • "Following the example of most western universities of having a dean of women the Board of Administration of the University of Kansas yesterday instructed Chancellor Strong to recommend some woman for such a position here. When a suitable person is found the board will create the position of Advisor to Women. It is thought that this action of the board may lead to the appointment of a dean of men also, although this matter has not been taken up.... The board heartily endorsed the plan of Dr. Alberta Corbin for the campaign for a girls' dormitory at the University. Last year the dormitory fund was pushed pretty hard by those interested in the matter but this year little had been heard about it. Soon Dr. Corbin will start another campaign over the state for this building which is admitted to be much needed here.... Mrs. Filkin, sister of the late Simeon E. Bell, has offered the board $100 for the mounting of the bronze statue, 'The Pioneer,' which Mr. Bell gave to the University. This money will be used when the city council of Lawrence gives permission for the road leading up to the north entrance of the University. When this road is made the statue of the pioneer will be placed at the head of it and the money so kindly offered by Mrs. Filkin will be used for paying the expenses of mounting."

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