What's an Ichabod?
The name Ichabod is derived from the first name of Ichabod Washburn, an early benefactor of the university. Until 1938 there were no particular characteristics associated with Mr. Ichabod and there was no graphic representation of him.
The following explanatory material accompanied Ichabod's first representation in the Washburn Kaw: "He has courage and enthusiasm as shown by his brisk walk. He is democratic and courteous, for he tips his hat as he passes. Sincere in his search for truth and knowledge, he studiously carries a book under his arm. His friendly smile makes you like him. He is neatly dressed and he fits well into his generation...but he adapts himself with equal ease to any change or any age."
Questions and comments about the history of Washburn University may be sent to Martha Imparato, the Special Collections librarian/University Archivist.