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Martha Farnsworth Scrapbook #3

Martha Farnsworth Scrapbook #3
Creator: Farnsworth, Martha, 1867-1924
Date: 1915-1918
This is a scrapbook compiled by Martha Farnsworth. The scrapbook includes materials related to the P Square G Club, which stands for the Play Square Gang. The P Square G Club was the name given to Martha's Sunday school group that she began teaching in the early 1900's. The scrapbook contains photographs of the P Square G Club enjoying activities like fishing, swimming, and various holiday celebrations. The scrapbook also includes drawings and caricatures drawn by Martha Farnsworth. Martha Farnsworth lived in Topeka, Kansas from 1887 to 1924. Her scrapbooks not only reveal her values and the activities in her life, but also provide a picture of American life at that time. Some of the notable aspects of Martha's life include her participation in social reform movements, membership in social clubs and activities, her deep religious convictions and her vigorous energy level.

Millennium paperweight

Millennium paperweight
Creator: Walker Group
Date: between 1999 and 2000
This water globe depicts what many feared would happen during the millennium--a computer crashing. Tiny, plastic 2s and Os float in the water when the globe is shaken.

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.

Shawnee Indian Mission Christmas card

Shawnee Indian Mission Christmas card
Date: January 31, 1955
This painted Christmas card by Richard Richard, illustrates a building at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas. Identified on the back of the card as the West Building at the Mission. Printed inside the card is an explanation of the Mission and its history along with a holiday greeting. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.

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