For one loyal alumna, a recent trip to Mount Oread turned into an unexpectedly delightful trip down memory lane. While attending the Presidents Club tailgate Oct. 22 at the Adams Alumni Center, just hours before the KU-OSU Homecoming football game, Barbara Schmidt Keating, d’63, and her husband, Con, c’63, were stunned to see a photo of Barbara, the University’s Homecoming queen in 1962, on display in a campus yearbook.
“They had a table set up with a display of previous Homecomings by decade,” Barbara explains. “We just walked past the table and there in the 1960s was the yearbook and my picture. We were both just shocked.”
The display was courtesy of KU Libraries, which partnered this year with the Alumni Association to showcase historical photos and memorabilia of campus life for alumni and friends to enjoy during Presidents Club tailgates.
Upon spotting the Keatings’ surprise—and overhearing Con exclaim, “Well, here she is, right here!”—KU Libraries staff snapped photos of the former Homecoming queen with the yearbook, capturing yet another campus keepsake for Jayhawks to enjoy.
“It was a huge honor, it really was,” Barbara says, recalling the moment she was crowned more than 50 years ago. “They made the announcement outside of Strong Hall; everybody was out there. It was such a surprise, because there were so many wonderful girls who were candidates. It was just really a nice occasion.”
Last fall, Presidents Club members enjoyed an extra treat at three football tailgates at the Adams Alumni Center: special exhibits about the sport’s history at KU presented by the University of Kansas Libraries.
At the Sept. 3 event, guests explored the history of KU football before the team defeated Rhode Island 55-6 in Memorial Stadium.
The following week the Jayhawks fell to Ohio 21-37, but tailgate attendees reminisced about the glory days while taking in the exhibit “60 Years of Bowl Game History.”
And during the annual Homecoming celebration, “Memories of Homecomings Past” became a delightful trip down memory lane for members—and for one former Homecoming queen, who spotted her photo on display.
Stay tuned during basketball season for “The Kansas Basketball Legacy featuring Phog Allen” exhibit, which will make an appearance at watch parties around the country. Thank you to our friends and partners at KU Libraries for enhancing our events with a little bit of history.
Click through the slideshows above to see photos from the tailgates. Photos may be downloaded for personal use. Visit our calendar to find upcoming exhibit dates at future events.
The fact that it’s Friday is enough to make most people do a happy dance, but it’s not just any Friday– it’s the Friday before the first home football game of the season! There’s a flurry of activity at the Adams Alumni Center as our staff gets ready for game day.
Home Football Friday
The Student Alumni Association presents Home Football Fridays before every home football game. The tailgates take place on the front lawn at the Adams Alumni Center, and students are treated to free food, beverages and giveaways.
The tailgate is from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., and all students are welcome to attend. Are you, or a student you know, interested in joining the Student Alumni Association? It’s a level of membership just for students that includes benefits like networking events with alumni, free dinners during finals, discounts and the KU Bookstore, and more. It’s only $25 per year to join, or you can purchase a four-year membership for just $75. Visit www.kualumni.org/join to learn more.
Game Day at the Adams
On game day, alumni, fans and friends are invited to the Adams Alumni Center to celebrate football season. Tomorrow’s tailgate begins at 3 p.m., and future game day tailgates will start three hours before kickoff of each home game.
Each tailgate includes a buffet from either Salty Iguana or Bigg’s Barbecue (tomorrow features Bigg’s), along with water, soda and two drink coupons if you’re 21 or older. The cost is $12 for members and $22 for non-members. Kids are welcome, too– the cost is just $5 for kids 5-12, and if they’re under five they can attend for free.
A tailgate wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from the Spirit Squad, mascots and Marching Jayhawks!
If you’re worried about parking, you’ll be happy to know that the city of Lawrence has a helpful solution: a downtown shuttle bus. You can park in downtown Lawrence– the parking garages will have free parking!– and catch a bus to the stadium.