Lawrence in Douglas County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Haskell Indian Nations University
The first three buildings on the Haskell grounds are from left to right: Osceola (boy’s dorm), Sequoyah (the schoolroom), Keokuk (girl’s dorm).
Location of the original three buildings, overlaid on top of current building locations. The yellow star marks your current location.
Osceola, whose name means Rising Sun, was born in 1804, in Creek Territory in Alabama. Osceola Hall was built in 1884. Osceola Hall was the little boy’s dormitory. Later, it was a dormitory for all male students. It was razed in 1960. The current Osceola-Keokuk Hall was built in 1962.
Sequoyah (Cherokee) – During his service in the War of 1812 he had watched other soldiers write and receive letters from home. This inspired him to study the Cherokee language and develop the Cherokee alphabet (in the span of 12 years) so his people could have a written language. The Sequoyah building was constructed in 1884. Sequoyah was used as an academic building with classrooms, library and study rooms for the students. The old Sequoyah building was torn down in 1960 for the construction of the new
Keokuk (Sac and Fox) was born in 1780 in Illinois. Keokuk means “Watchful Fox”. He rose to the position of Chief through his skillful leadership and character. He, also, was a brilliant orator. Keokuk Hall was built in 1884. Keokuk Hall was originally used as the women’s dormitory, but was changed to a boys’ dormitory after the construction of Winona Hall. Keokuk Hall was razed in 1960.
[At bottom of marker]
This panorama was taken in 1908. On the far left is the old Curtis Hall. Across the road (current Barker Avenue) is Keokuk Hall.
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 1804.
Location. 38° 56.344′ N, 95° 13.924′ W. Marker is in Lawrence, Kansas, in Douglas County. Marker is about 50 feet ESE of the Gazebo, on the Haskell Indian Nations University campus. 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 Bandstand/Gazebo (here, next to this marker); Tecumseh Hall (within shouting distance of this marker); The Original Bandstand (within shouting distance of this marker); Hiawatha Hall Haskell Celebration 1926 (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Haskell Indian Nations University Timeline (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Haskell Indian Nations University (about 500 feet away); a different marker also named Haskell Indian Nations University (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lawrence.
Also see . . .
1. Haskell Indian Nations University. (Submitted on September 23, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Haskell Institute National Register Nomination. (Submitted on September 23, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 23, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 300 times since then and 13 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 23, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 3. submitted on September 20, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.