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On Feb. 23, 2010, the National Register of Historic Places, the official list of the nation's historic places worthy of preservation, added the site of the May 4, 1970, shootings at Kent State University to the list. Then on Dec. 23, 2016, Kent State’s May 4 site joined a much more select group as it was designated a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior.

Kent State University to Plan for 50th Commemoration of May 4, 1970

May 4: Kent State University 50 Year Anniversary Logo

The tragic events that occurred on the campus of Kent State University on May 4, 1970, where four students lost their lives and nine others were wounded by the Ohio National Guard, had a lasting impact that continues to resonate nearly a half-century later.

Kent State to Dedicate May 4 Site as National Historic Landmark, Host Renowned Journalist Dan Rather During 48th Annual May 4 Commemoration

Portraits of the four students killed on May 4, 1970, sit on chairs on stage in the Kent Student Center Ballroom during the 47th Commemoration of May 4.

PLEASE NOTE: The noon commemoration will take place at the Kent Student Center Ballroom due to weather. Also, the 3:30 p.m. dedication of the National Historic Landmark has been moved indoors to the Kent Student Center Kiva.

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A portion of Kent State University’s Kent Campus has taken its place alongside the nation’s most significant historic locations, joining such sites as the Grand Canyon National Park, Pearl Harbor and the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

Kent State’s May 4 Visitors Center Focuses on Life Amid Tragedy in “Sandy’s Scrapbook” Exhibition

“Sandy’s Scrapbook,” a new exhibition at Kent State University’s May 4 Visitors Center, pays tribute to the life of Sandy Scheuer.

Sandy Scheuer was on her way to class on May 4, 1970, when she was shot and killed by Ohio National Guardsmen responding to protests of the Vietnam War at Kent State University. She was a junior honors student, a speech therapy major and a proud member of Alpha Xi Delta sorority.

Kent State Marks 47th Annual May 4 Commemoration

A Kent State University student stands vigil at the spot where Allison Krause was shot on May 4, 1970. Krause and three other students were killed during the May 4, 1970, shootings by Ohio National Guardsmen on the Kent State campus.

Updated 5/2/17 - Please note that the 47th annual commemoration on May 4 at noon has been moved to the Kent Student Center Ballroom due to the weather.

Lecia Brooks of the Southern Poverty Law Center to serve as keynote speaker

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Announces Special Designation of Kent State’s May 4 Site

Students gather at the site where one of four slain students was shot on May 4, 1970, during a student protest of the Vietnam War.

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell today announced the designation of the Kent State University May 4, 1970, Site as a National Historic Landmark. The site joins more than 2,500 historic places that bear the national distinction.

Kent State Observes 46th Annual May 4 Commemoration

Photo from Kent State's May 4 Commemoration in 2015

Kent State University holds its 46th annual commemoration of May 4, 1970, with events taking place April 26 through May 4. The annual commemoration, hosted by the May 4 Task Force, provides an opportunity for the university community to gather and remember those who were lost and injured during the tragedy and also reflect on what May 4 means today.

 

University Libraries Provides Access to Kent State May 4 Shootings Audio Archive

More than 100 reel-to-reel audio recordings pertaining to the May 4, 1970, Kent State University shootings and their aftermath are now accessible through the Kent State University Special Collections and Archives’ digital repository. Some of the recently digitized items include previously inaccessible audio recordings of radio call-in forums, a speech by Kent State President Robert I. White the day after the shootings, a press conference with six students who met with President Richard M. Nixon just days after the shootings, the Scranton Commission hearings and a speech made by Dick Gregory at the Kent State Memorial Service in 1971.

Contact Information

Visitors Center

Mindy Farmer
Director, May 4 Visitors Center
mfarmer4@kent.edu
330-672-0354

Lori Boes
Assistant Director, May 4 Visitors Center
lboes1@kent.edu
330-672-8525

 

Media Contacts

Eric Mansfield
Executive Director, University Media Relations
emansfie@kent.edu
330-672-2797

Emily Vincent
Director, University Media Relations
evincen2@kent.edu
330-672-8595