Washburn University Gets Prominent Place On State Ornament On National Christmas Tree

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Saturday, December 1, 2012

Washburn University will be featured on the official Kansas ornament that will be part of the National Christmas Tree display in Washington.

The Topeka university was founded in 1865, and the school is preparing for its 150th anniversary. The Washburn sesquicentennial committee designed the ornament.

It bears Washburn's 150th anniversary logo, which shows the school's mascot, the Ichabod. The state seal is on the back of the ornament.

The ornament can be purchased for $24 at the university and other locations, including the Kansas Historical Society Gift Shop.

Washburn started as Lincoln College near the end of the Civil War. But shortly after Ichabod Washburn, of Worcester, Mass., pledged $25,000, the one-building institution was renamed.

Today, Washburn has about 7,200 students.

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