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175th anniversary history book to be published.

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Academic Hall lithograph courtesy University Archives c:0/47/2

The tower of Memorial Union, dome of Jesse Hall and Columns of Francis Quadrangle will soon come in coffee-table versions.

This fall Mizzou will release a book, to be published by Kansas City Star Books, commemorating the university’s 175th anniversary. Written by Brian Burnes, reporter for The Kansas City Star, the book will feature historical and contemporary photographs with Burnes’ history of the university. “It’s definitely a book you’ll want on your coffee table,” says Burnes, BJ ’76. Books may be ordered from The Mizzou Store.

Burnes was surprised at how precarious MU’s history was at times.

“When I got on campus as a freshman in 1972, [Mizzou] was huge to me,” he says. “I assumed it was a vast monolithic enterprise that had rolled through the decades. It wasn’t like that at all.”

For example, after MU temporarily closed during the Civil War, “If things had not gone just so, who knows? We might not know Mizzou as we know it today,” Burnes says.

Another upcoming book is a history of MU Libraries written by Steve Weinberg, BJ ’70, MA ’75, professor emeritus of journalism. It will be released in 2015 during Ellis Library’s 100th anniversary.

Read an excerpt below:

Samuel Laws and the Elephant

Samuel Laws

Samuel Laws served as university president from 1876 to 1889. A Renaissance man of his day, he also was an ordained minister, Wall Street trader, inventor and medical doctor.

Emperor the elephant was installed in the natural history museum in the new west wing of Academic Hall when it opened in 1885. The building burned to the ground in the fire of 1892, but Emperor and some of his taxidermied companions were saved.

Emperor the elephant was installed in the natural history museum in the new west wing of Academic Hall when it opened in 1885. The building burned to the ground in the fire of 1892, but Emperor and some of his taxidermied companions were saved.