- Associated Press - Thursday, December 17, 2015

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) - A former University of Kansas librarian has given the Lawrence Humane Society nearly $500,000 through her estate.

The Lawrence Journal-World (http://bit.ly/1QrRO81 ) reports that the gift from the late Ann L. Hyde will be used to help upgrade the Humane Society building or pay for a new facility. The project has an estimated cost of $5 million.

Lawrence Humane Society executive director Kate Meghji says the organization would start a public fundraising campaign once it had gathered 50 percent to 60 percent of the total cost. She estimated that would be sometime before 2017.

So far, slightly more than $1.2 million has been raised or committed for the project.

Hyde was the manuscripts librarian in the Department of Special Collections at KU’s Kenneth Spencer Research Library. She died in June 2014.

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