Probably addressing the audience is Silas W. Porter, class of 1879, a judge on the Kansas Supreme Court who was the principal speaker. The person presiding over the actual cornerstone laying was the Rev. William Wallace of Wooster, Ohio, son of David Wallace. He may be the gentleman seated at the left. A photo owned by Jeffrey Rankin shows Porter to be rather gaunt and wiry, similar to the person on the platform. The ceremonies began with a service in the Auditorium, then moved to the construction site (here seen from the northeast corner, with Carnegie Library in the background). J. Ross Hanna was the master of ceremonies and there was also vocal music by a quartet of students and prayer. This unique postcard is owned by Douglas Rankin.