Lawrence in Douglas County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Haskell Indian Nations University Timeline
Haskell’s destiny in becoming a four-year university for native students has a history to be preserved and shared.
In 1890, Haskell Institute became the official name. Several years passed before classes were offered beyond the elementary grades. Most Indian students didn’t have access to a high school education in their communities.
In 1895, the commercial department (early business school) opened its’ first class with five typewriters. By 1927, the high school classes were accredited by the State of Kansas.
In the early 1930’s, Haskell Institute, began offering post high-school courses. Vocational-technical trades were an important part of the curriculum with learned trades in printing, nursing, business, office workers, painters, mechanics, electricians, carpentry and masonry.
In the 1930’s, Haskell football teams were legendary. Haskell’s Coffin Sports Complex is the home of the American Indian Hall of Fame, showcasing the trophies and pictures of our past and current great Indian athletes.
In 1933, Haskell Institute got its first Native
By the 1930’s, students who came to Haskell loved the school and stayed on as staff and faculty.
In 1961, Haskell Institute was officially registered as a historical landmark because of Haskell’s outstanding contribution to Indian Education. The Registered National Historical Landmark plaque is located in the entrance of Stidham Union.
In 1965, the last high school class graduated.
In 1970, Haskell Institute becomes Haskell Indian Junior College.
A vision and planning of Haskell as a national center for Indian Education, research and cultural preservation was emerging
In 1993, Haskell Indian Nations University obtained its new name and received accreditation to offer its first four-year baccalaureate degree program in Elementary Teacher Education. Today, Haskell has an average enrollment of 900 plus students with tribal affiliations from across the country, including Alaska. Haskell offers baccalaureate degree programs in Elementary Education, American Indian Studies, Business Administration, Environmental Science and several two-year
Haskell football field had the first electrically lighted football field in the Midwest. KU often borrowed the lights for their night games.
In 1896, Haskell Institute was the first Kansas school to teach the modern touch-type method of typing. The instructor, Clarence Birch, wrote a book on this technique.
In 1897, the first edition of the school paper, Indian Leader was published. This is the oldest Native American school paper in the country. Current copies of the Indian Leader can be found in the library – Tommaney Hall.
In 1921, the first all-Indian National Guard unit, Company D (machine gun), 137th Infantry Regiment, was formed at Haskell Institute. The company was comprised of 65 Haskell Institute students from 20 tribes. The company was disbanded in 1934.
In 1926, Haskell Institute hosted, what many consider, the first inter-tribal pow-wow for the dedication of the new Stadium and Arch. It was, also, Haskell Institute’s first homecoming football game. Haskell defeated Bucknell University (Louisburg [sic – Lewisburg], PA) 36-0.
Erected by Haskell Indian Nations University.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Education • Native Americans. A significant historical year for this entry is 1890.
Location. 38° 56.43′ N, 95° 13.956′ W. Marker is in Lawrence, Kansas, in Douglas County. Marker is on Barker Avenue, on the left when traveling south. Marker is east opposite the Haskell Cultural Center & Museum. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lawrence KS 66046, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Haskell Indian Nations University (here, next to this marker); a different marker also named Haskell Indian Nations University (here, next to this marker); War Mothers Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Haskell Celebration 1926 (within shouting distance of this marker); Haskell Stadium Memorial Arch (within shouting distance of this marker); Hiawatha Hall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Tecumseh Hall (about 500 feet away); Haskell Bandstand/Gazebo (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lawrence.
Also see . . .
1. Haskell Indian Nations University. (Submitted on September 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Haskell-related Records at National Archives. (Submitted on September 22, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
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