Because Washburn University was celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2015, both Washburn and community members may have seen one of the many Ichabod statues that have been spotted in a variety of places around Topeka.
Each statue has its own individual title, artist and representation of Washburn University.
There are nine statues placed so far.
“The statues represent the heritage of Washburn and Topeka. It brings a sense of connection to the school and invokes thoughts about what Washburn means to its students,” said Traevor McPherson, a sophomore legal studies major.
One of the statues is titled “Topeka BouleBod” and was created by Barbara Waterman-Peters from Topeka. It is sponsored by and stands in front of the Capitol Federal Savings Bank building headquarters off of Topeka Boulevard and 12th Street. The statue shows an Ichabod in the dark blue and white Washburn colors carrying a book.
Another statue is called “In the Black” and is located and sponsored by the Greater Topeka Chamber of Commerce off of Southeast Sixth Avenue [ADDRESS]. It was made by native Topekan artist Patricia Kahn, whose other works can be found at each Friday Art Walk. The statue of Ichabod is notably wearing a black hat that bears the words “Chamber of Commerce” and carrying Jim Collins’ “Good to Great,” a book about business and market fluctuation and leadership.
The statue titled “Now and Then” was created by Peggy Clark from Lyndon, Kansas, and Martha Imparato from Topeka. Imparato is a special collections librarian and archivist at Mabee Library. The statue was painted by both women and features a magenta and blue hat and a white book with blue pages.
“A Good Day to You,” a statue located on the corner of Eighth Street and Kansas Avenue near the Westar building was created by Topeka’s Larry Peters. The statue sports white dress pants and a Washburn-blue blazer and bow tie with the signature black top hat.
The Ichabod statue that can be found at Shuler Education Center on 53rd Street [ADDRESS] is titled “You are Washburn.” It was created by Washburn Rural High School art department students and faculty and is sponsored by Auburn-Washburn Unified School District 437. The Ichabod is wearing a blazer covered in white, light blue and dark blue marbles and features a leather-bound-style book.
The statue titled “150 Years in Stride” was created by Margaret Ramberg from Topeka. It is located at the NOTO Art Center on Kansas Avenue and sponsored by engineering firm Bartlett & West. The statue is made of mosaic-style pieces of porcelain, mirror and glass.
“Excellence – 150 Years and Going Strong” is the name of the statue located at the Washburn University Foundation on MacVicar Avenue and was created by Topeka artist Colton Anderson [THE STUDENT?]. The statue touts Washburn’s athletic department and academics, showing Ichabod kicking a soccer ball and wearing a white blazer showing the names of all the academic departments here at Washburn.
Matthew Richter from McPherson, Kansas, created the statue titled “Prairie Horizons,” which is located at St. Francis Health off Seventh and Horne Street. The statue is nature-based, even being printed with pictures of blue prairie skies, dark stormy skies and fields of wildflowers.
The statue located at the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library is titled “Tribute to Aaron Douglas.” It is sponsored by Federal Home Loan Bank and was made by Susan McCarthy from Lawrence. This statue is very brightly colored, featuring a color change throughout, starting at Ichabod’s head, which is yellow, turning eventually into his black shoes.
“I think [these statues] represent Washburn by simply being an Ichabod,” said Hallee Haar, a freshman psychology major. “They look artistic, showing that our students are artistic. The smart look with the glasses shows that we are academic-based, and it overall just shows what an Ichabod is. It shows off Washburn well.”