Since Kansas State College for Agriculture and Applied Science (KSAC) was founded in 1863, there have been 13 presidents and first ladies. The gallery highlights the lives of the first ladies. Although they had unique qualities and backgrounds, each first lady possess many of the same admirable characteristics: they represented the university with dignity and were leaders in many campus and community organizations.
The idea of the gallery was proposed by former K-State President Jon Wefald to acknowledge the important role and impact these women have had at K-State. A space was identified on the second floor of Hale Library to display portraits and biographical information about these women. Biographical information on the First Ladies was provided by Dr. Michaeline Chance-Reay, author of Land Grant Ladies: Kansas State University Presidential Wives
Visit the Richard L. D. and Marjorie J. Morse Department of Special Collections to learn more about K-State's history.