175th anniversary history book to be published.
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: