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This is an autobiographical manuscript written by Louis Palenske in 1938, detailing his life story. Palenske was born in Kansas Territory, near the present-day location of Alma, Kansas, the son of German immigrants. Palenske studied photography in the late 1870s, and in 1880 he began his career as a professional photographer. In 1888 Palenske sold his photography business to his protégé, Gus Meier. Palenske spent the next twenty-five years in the banking business in Alma, Kansas. During that time, he served two terms in the Kansas Legislature. In 1914 Palenske returned to the photography trade, and he opened a succession of studios in McFarland, Burlington, and Osage City, Kansas before returning to Alma in retirement in 1936. In the mid-1920s, Palenske purchased a Korona Panoramic View Camera with seventeen-inch and twenty-inch film holders, and began a career as a landscape photographer of the American West. He made six photographic excursions across the West, including trips on the Santa Fe Trail, the Oregon and California Trails, a trip to northern New Mexico and northern Arizona, two trips to the Badlands in South Dakota, and a trip to Rico, Colorado. In addition to his Western trips, Palenske used his Korona camera to take views in Kansas, and even family group photos. Louis Palenske died on August 18, 1943. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.

Creator: Palenske, Louis F., 1858-1943
Date: 1938

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Item Number: 441146
Call Number: Wabaunsee County Historical Society
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