Public invited to opening of ‘Original Rules Experience’ at KU’s DeBruce Center

photo by: Journal-World File Photo

In this file photo from July 23, 2016, visitors stroll into the new DeBruce Center at the University of Kansas, 1647 Naismith Drive, for its grand opening.

The public is invited to the opening of two new exhibits at the DeBruce Center.

The center, 1647 Naismith Drive, adjoins the northeast corner of Allen Fieldhouse and houses a permanent display of the original 13 rules of basketball typed by James Naismith in 1891. Naismith, the creator of the game, was KU’s first basketball coach.

The opening of the “Original Rules Experience,” comprising two exhibits, will be hosted by KU Memorial Union and the KU History project during a come-and-go event from 3 to 6 p.m. Tuesday. A special curator’s talk is scheduled from 4:30 to 5 p.m.

One exhibit, “Locker Room Legends,” will feature eight renowned basketball coaches with KU connections. The other exhibit, “Equipment Evolution,” will explore how basketball equipment and the rules themselves have changed over the years.

As the event is in conjunction with Student Union Activities’ “Tea at Three,” free tea and cookies will be provided. Courtside Cafe will also be providing samples starting at 3 p.m.


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