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25 years ago: Opening of KU classical art collection delayed

March 25, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 25, 1988:

  • Complications had again delayed the grand opening of the Wilcox Collection at Kansas University. Officials in the Classics Department had hoped to open the gallery, which was intended to display copies of famous statues, in time for KU commencement in May. However, the custom-built oak and glass cases that would house the statues were not going to be ready in time. The plaster statues were part of the 114-piece collection named after A.M. Wilcox, the KU professor of Greek who had assembled it in 1880.
  • Speaking before a large audience at the Kansas Union, environmentalist writer Wendell Berry said that the connection between the economy and the countryside had become "almost entirely exploitive." He told his listeners that the nation's economy was now based exclusively on the "ruinous" practice of exporting raw materials from the countryside to other locations to be transferred into products, resulting in the decision-makers for land use being far removed from the rural areas they were using.

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