Keeping Legends Alive: Honoring the First WWI Memorial and Legacy of the 1926 Haskell Arch and Stadium Dedication

Haskell Arch and Stadium

Published September 14, 2018

LAWRENCE, Kan. — On September 21-22, 2018, the Haskell Cultural Center and Museum, in partnership with many others throughout the Lawrence community, will be celebrating military veterans and the original 1926 dedication of the Haskell Arch and Stadium. This event will commemorate the WWI Memorial and honor all those who served in the military as well as the history, legends, and stories the community has of enjoying the Haskell Stadium throughout the decades.

The Haskell Cultural Center and Museum has partnered with the City of Lawrence, the Lied Center, the Lawrence Arts Center, the Hall Center for the Humanities, the Watkins Museum, the Spencer Museum of Art, eXplore Lawrence, and many other organizations to bring to Lawrence an event that honors the history of the 1926 Haskell football team’s undefeated season, military veterans of every branch, and the memories of Lawrence residents spent in this historic stadium.

On September 21, 2018, a veterans event will be held that recognizes and honors Haskell’s WWI service members and commemorates the 100 year anniversary of the end of the Great War. A tour of Haskell’s war memorials will occur late afternoon and a feature film will show at the Haskell Auditorium that evening followed by a question and answer session with the film director.

Also, on September 22, a powwow will be held that celebrates those military veterans, the Haskell football team that dominated the nation, and the collaboration of the great Lawrence community that made the four-day event in 1926 the largest and most attended event in the city’s history.

In addition to the cultural music and dance activities, there will also be numerous kids and family activities as well as educational and cultural workshops for adults and children that focus on the history of the 1926 dedication of the Arch and Stadium, Lakota medicinal plants, Ojibwe bark art, socio-economic impact of powwows, and many others.

The Haskell Cultural Center and Museum cordially invites any and all members of the Haskell, Tribal, and Lawrence communities and families to celebrate our military veterans, learn the magnificent history that built the historic stadium, and share memories of time spent in this beautiful community space.

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