Donation will keep Jayhawk display at KU union


LAWRENCE, Kansas (AP) — A 1,000-piece collection of Jayhawk memorabilia will stay at the University of Kansas Union.

James and Mary Ascher of Overland Park, Kan., have donated $130,000 to the KU Endowment so the union can buy the collection.

Bud Jennings began collecting the memorabilia in 1939. He donated it to the union four years ago, saying he hoped someone would buy it to help fund his retirement. But when no offers came in, the union said it would auction off the pieces or sell them on eBay.

6News Lawrence reports the Aschers said they wanted to help Jennings while also keeping the collection on the Kansas campus.

Kansas spokesman Mike Reid says now that the collection will be permanent, some improvements will be made to the presentation. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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