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Origin Stories 

A new collection for the Adams Alumni Center at KU. 

From the birds that originally inspired the Jayhawk, to the flora and fauna native to campus, to the geological roots of the Rock Chalk chant – this collection tells stories about the very earliest days of KU and its traditions.

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Jayhawk origins

Hawks, Falcons and Blue Jay

Summerfield Room, Floor 1

Mount oread origins

Native Plants

Bruckmiller Room, Floor 2


Geological Maps

Paul Adams Boardroom, Floor 2

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Bring home (or gift) a piece of KU History. Available in tons of sizes and styles, from prints on canvas to coffee mugs. 


Thanks for your interest in this collection. I'm a Kansas City artist and KU Alum with an obsession for research and storytelling. 

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