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Cotillon Party

Cotillon Party
This invitation was for a party to be held at William Chestnut's house in Osawatomie, Kansas Territory on December 30, 1858


Grand New Year's Ball

Grand New Year's Ball
Date: December 30, 1859
This invitation was to a ball to be held at the Osage Valley House in Osawatomie, Kansas Territory. Tickets were $2.50 and a supper was to be served at ten o'clock. The proprietors of the Osage Valley House were Fisher and Crouch. The invitation was issues by several men from Osawatomie and surrounding communities.


Grand Opening Ball at the Eldridge House, New Year's Eve

Grand Opening Ball at the Eldridge House, New Year's Eve
Date: December 31, 1858
This announcement advertises a Grand Opening Ball to be held at the Eldridge House in Lawrence, Kansas Territory, on December 31, 1858. Music was to be performed by the Lawrence Brass Band. Members of the Committee of Arrangements, organized by town name, and the two floor managers are identified.


Ke Kahn [Joseph Napolean Bourassa] to Thomas Nesbit Stinson

Ke Kahn [Joseph Napolean Bourassa] to Thomas Nesbit Stinson
Creator: Bourassa, Joseph Napolean, 1810-1878
Date: December 29, 1856
Joseph N. Bourassa, a Pottawatomie Indian who signed this letter with his Indian name of Ke Kahn, wrote to Thomas N. Stinson, a Tecumseh resident and Indian trader. Bourassa, writing from Council Grove, Kansas Territory, described his efforts to recruit musicians and dancers for a New Year's Eve ball.


Mary Dillon Holliday to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday

Mary Dillon Holliday to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday
Creator: Holliday, Mary Dillon, 1833-1908
Date: December 29, [1854]
Mary Holliday wrote from Meadville, Pennsylvania to her husband Cyrus K. Holliday in Kansas Territory. This, the second letter he received from her, reported the health of his brother George Holliday's family and mentioned her giving money, earned by selling a locket, to his mother. Mary Holliday eloquently expressed her love and the difficulty of their separation. After joking that her cooking skill should meet Kansas Territory standards, she mentioned the plans of Lowry Trowbridge and George Merriman, Pennsylvanians with Kansas fever.


Mary Dillon Holliday to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday

Mary Dillon Holliday to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday
Creator: Holliday, Mary Dillon, 1833-1908
Date: December 31, 1854
Mary Holliday wrote from Meadville, Pennsylvania to her husband, Cyrus K. Holliday at Topeka, Kansas Territory. A thoughtful review of the previous year, her letter gave thanks for protection from harm despite sorrows and calamities. Using Biblical allusions and paraphrases, she joyfully expressed hope that eternal bliss begins with a well lived life, and encouraged her husband to consider misspent time and to carry out good New Year's resolutions.


Masquerade ball at Englewood, Kansas

Masquerade ball at Englewood, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1890 and 1910
Masquerade ball at Englewood, Kan., possibly New Year's Eve. The man with a white kerchief around his neck is John Ford.


New Year's postcard

New Year's postcard
Creator: Midland Publishing Company
Date: 1913
New Year's postcard. Greeting on obverse reads "A Jolly Happy New Year. May this New Year's day unfold, a future clear and bright; And in its wake Sweet Memories leave and pictures of delight." Sent to Prof. O.G. Markham of Baldwin from Jack and Maud Williams. Green one-cent stamp postmarked Fort Scott December 30, 1913. Card printed by Gold Medal Art and published by the Midland Publishing Company.


New Years Hop

New Years Hop
Date: January 1, 1858
This invitation was for a dance to be held at "Mr. Chestnut's New Building" on the evening of New Year's Day in 1858 in Osawatomie, Lykins County, Kansas Territory. The cost to attend was $2.50 and the invitation indicated the "good music engaged for the occastion."


Susan Dimond journal

Susan Dimond journal
Creator: Dimond, Susan B., fl. 1870-1873
Date: Between January 3, 1875 and January 12, 1875
These entries from the journal of Susan Bixby Dimond describe her experiences as a settler in Osborne County, focusing primarily on her position as a schoolteacher and the harsh winter weather. Also, Dimond states that her family is surviving in Kansas but that "at present I advise all to keep away." Dimond sent her journals to an unidentified friend in order to maintain contact; this may explain the journal's conversational tone.


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