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Date: 2001
This red, white, and blue patriotic banner was displayed in reaction to the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. In October 2001, shortly after the attack, the banner was produced by the fourth grade class of McCarter Elementary School in Topeka, Kansas, and used in a local Halloween parade. The banner was related to a school policy banning traditional garb in favor of patriotic-themed costumes as a reaction to the events of September 11.

Fremont Club banner

Fremont Club banner
Date: 1856
Banner was used in the Presidential campaign of 1856 by the Fremont Club of Lancaster, New Hampshire to show support for Kansas.

Kansas Redeemed. Populism Dead.

Kansas Redeemed. Populism Dead.
Date: 1894
Cloth banner celebrating the demise of the Populist Party in the political of 1894. The banner was likely produced by the Topeka Daily Capital (newspaper).

Kansas state banner

Kansas state banner
Creator: Dettra Flag
Date: 1955
This Kansas state banner was donated by the office of Governor Mark Parkinson following renovations of the Statehouse. This version of the State Banner, designed by Adjutant General Joe Nickell, was adopted in 1953. First established in 1925, the state banner was an official alternative to the state flag. This banner was manufactured by the Dettra Flag Company of Oaks, Pennsylvania, and had hung in the Governor and Lieutenant Governor's offices since 1955.

Lombard banner

Lombard banner
Date: 1858
Students of Lombard College in Galesburg, Illinois, presented this banner to Lincoln on Oct. 7 when he debated Stephen Douglas there during the 1858 legislative campaign. Lincoln then presented the banner to Judge Mark William Delahay in 1860, at Springfield, Illinois, prior to Lincoln's nomination as president.

Potwin Place centennial banner

Potwin Place centennial banner
Creator: Potwin Place Centennial Quilt Committee
Date: 1988
Quilted banner embroidered with names of all people who stitched a much large quilt commemorating the Potwin Place centennial in 1988. The banner is a single uncut panel of turquoise cotton/polyester fabric, with wide binding in a lighter shade. The top half is quilted with the date and title as well as a representation of a Victorian home, while the bottom half is embroidered in white thread with 38 names. Machine-stitched, hand-quilted, and hand-embroidered. Both the quilt and banner were created by Potwin neighborhood residents and displayed for the centennial celebration in July 1988, then presented to the museum. Potwin was an independent city until 1899 when it was annexed by Topeka.

State banner

State banner
Date: between 1925 and 1927
The state banner pictured here was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1960 by the Ladies of the Grand Army of the Republic. It was used from 1925 to 1927.

World War II victory banner

World War II victory banner
Creator: Volkert, William H.
Date: between 1941 and 1945
Ella Hughes Darrow Volkert made this victory banner in honor of her son, Otis Hughes Darrow, who served in the Army Medical Corps during World War II. Blind since the age of 15, Mrs. Volkert was a teacher of the blind in Topeka. She was also a volunteer at the Winter Veterans Hospital where she taught needlework.

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