Washburn Celebrates 148 Years

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Washburn University is celebrating Founders' Day February 6. The school marks 148 years since its founding.

Washburn plans to celebrate Wednesday with a few different events, including free cupcakes! The free treat will be served by Randy Pembrook, Vice President of Academic Affairs; Eric Benedict, Washburn Student Government Association President; and the Ichabod mascot at 11 a.m. on the main level of Memorial Union.

Students, staff and faculty, are invited to stop by and celebrate Washburn's founding.

Washburn History
Washburn University was established February 6, 1865, as Lincoln College by a charter issued by the State of Kansas and the General Association of Congregational Ministers and Churches of Kansas.

A two-story brick building on the northeast corner of 10th and Jackson Streets was soon erected and the first classes began in January 1866. In 1868, the school was renamed Washburn College, in recognition of a $25,000 donation by Ichabod Washburn, a church deacon and resident of Worcester, Mass.

Washburn was granted a permanent location in 1865 when Topekan Col. John Ritchie donated a 160-acre site, which at the time was a considerable distance southwest of the city. Construction on the first building began in 1872, with occupancy taking place in 1874.