The building was named for a member of the Church’s Presidency of the Seventy. Oscar A. Kirkham's first job was at Ricks academy, where he taught music from 1903-1906.Just a few years before his death, while riding a night train to Rexburg, he composed the words and arranged the music for a school song, "Dear Old Ricks."
- The Kirkham auditorium has hosted many famous speakers, including the former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who visited on March 2, 1959.
- The first production on the stage was “Much Ado About Nothing” by William Shakespeare.
- The Kirkham was used as a clothing and bedding distribution center, throughout the summer of the 1976 Teton Dam failure.