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105 Kansas County Quilt

105 Kansas County Quilt
Creator: Stitching Traditions Quilt Shop
Date: between 2010 and 2013
Commemorative quilt made by the Woman's Kansas Day Club, with a separate block for every one of Kansas's 105 counties. Each block was made by a representative from that county. The quilt was then constructed, bordered, and bound by staff at Topeka's Stitching Traditions Quilt Shop and custom machine quilted by Topeka's A Touch of Class Quilting.


70th anniversary celebration of Wallace County, Kansas

70th anniversary celebration of Wallace County, Kansas
Date: 1938
Actors portray pioneers, Native Americans, and Abraham Lincoln for the 70th anniversary celebration of the creation of Wallace County, held in Sharon Springs on Aug. 31, 1938. R.R. Dollarhide portrayed Lincoln and Mr. Weed, the cashier at the Peoples State Bank, portrayed a Native American.


70th anniversary celebration of Wallace County, Kansas

70th anniversary celebration of Wallace County, Kansas
Date: 1938
The children of pioneer settler Sam Chisum ride in a wagon pulled by mules. Chisum came to Wallace County, Kansas by trail from Texas in 1872. The event, held on Aug. 31, 1938 in Sharon Springs, marked the 70th anniversary of Wallace County, Kansas.


70th anniversary celebration of Wallace County, Kansas

70th anniversary celebration of Wallace County, Kansas
Date: 1938
Alfred Nelson displays his whiskers, grown for the 70th anniversary celebration of the creation of Wallace County, Kansas. The celebration was held in August 1938 in Sharon Springs.


7th Cavalry drill team, Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas

7th Cavalry drill team, Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas
Date: 1961
The 7th Cavalry drill team reenactment troop perform for the Fort Wallace memorial association, Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas, May 1961.


7th Cavalry reenactment, United States government cemetery, Fort Wallace, Kansas

7th Cavalry reenactment, United States government cemetery, Fort Wallace, Kansas
Date: 1961
A 7th Cavalry reenactment troop line up at the United States government cemetery at Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas.


Celebration at Pawnee Indian site, Repbulic County, Kansas

Celebration at Pawnee Indian site, Repbulic County, Kansas
Creator: Cundiff, George H.
Date: 1901
A photograph of people gathering for a celebration at the Pawnee Indian site in Republic County, Kansas. Here in 1806, United States explorer Zebulon Pike convinced the Pawnees to lower the Spanish flag, recently left there by a large Spanish force and raise the United States flag. Supposedly this was the first time the U.S. flag was raised west of the Missouri River. This flag raising episode was true except it happened about 40 miles up the Republican River at a village the Pawnees moved to after deserting this one.


Eighth grade graduating class, Gray County Schools, Cimarron, Kansas

Eighth grade graduating class, Gray County Schools, Cimarron, Kansas
Date: July 21, 1899
This photograph is of the eighth grade graduating class of Gray County Schools in Cimarron, Kansas. The photograph is taken at the Methodist Episcopal Church in Cimarron on July 21, 1899. The students are listed from back to front, left to right as follows: Roscoe Good, Alvin Good, Forrest Luther, Lena Steinkuehler Mackey, Clarence Francisco, Claud Hammer, Crawford Whiteside, Ella Elem, Julia Slaughter, Mabel Shoup, Loy Harvey, Della Burns and Clyde Hammer.


Elihu Root Invited to Give Commencement Address at K.U.

Elihu Root Invited to Give Commencement Address at K.U.
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: February 19, 1915
This file includes a telegram from Governor Arthur Capper to Honor Elihu Root to deliver the Commencement address at the University of Kansas. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


First Pawnee Village celebration, Republic County, Kansas

First Pawnee Village celebration, Republic County, Kansas
Date: September 29, 1896
Four views of the first Pawnee Village celebration. The event took place near the site where once a large Kitkehahki (Republican) band Pawnee earth lodge village had stood in the late 1700's. This area was also where United States explorer Zebulon Pike convinced the Pawnees to lower the Spanish flag, recently left there by a large Spanish force and raise the United States flag. Supposedly this was the first time the U.S. flag was raised west of the Missouri River. This flag raising episode was true except it happened about 40 miles up the Republican River at a village the Pawnees moved to after deserting this one.


General Lewis Walt

General Lewis Walt
Date: 1969
Twenty-one photographs of General Lewis "Lew" William Walt and his family at a reception honoring his military service held at the Wabaunsee County Historical Society. Walt was born in Wabaunsee County, Kansas on Febraury 16, 1913 and served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Memorial Association

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Memorial Association
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the memorial association. Topics in the correspondence cover but is not limited to tributes to Buffalo Bill and pioneer mothers commemoration night. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Payne Ratner at the Marais des Cygnes Massacre site, Linn County, Kansas

Governor Payne Ratner at the Marais des Cygnes Massacre site, Linn County, Kansas
Date: December 16, 1939
This photograph shows Governor Payne H. Ratner speaking at the Marais des Cynges Massacre site in Linn County, Kansas. The site commemorates the killing of 11 free-state men by Missouri border ruffians on May 19, 1858. In 1941, the Kansas Legislature took ownership of the site, and in 1963 the Kansas Historical Society took final control establishing a museum and maintaining the site and buildings as a State Historic Site.


Indian dance and celebration at Pawnee Village, Republic County

Indian dance and celebration at Pawnee Village, Republic County
Date: 1901
This photograph shows an Indian dance and celebration at Pawnee Village in Republic County, Kansas.


Kansas & Philadelphia flag exchange

Kansas & Philadelphia flag exchange
Date: February 12, 1915
This document and photograph illustrates a trade flags between Kansas and Pennsylvania. The photograph shows a United States flag sent from Kansas to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, commemorating Kansas' admission into the Union in 1861. The exchange of flags was conducted by Mayor Rudolph Blankenburg on February 12, 1915 at Independence Hall. The respected flags were flown on George Washington's birthday, February 22, 1915, and in commemoration of President Abraham Lincoln's speech on February 22, 1861 at the Kansas Capitol and at Independence Hall. The men holding the flag have been identified according to caption on the reverse of the image.


Placing marker on the hill, Pawnee Village site, Republic County

Placing marker on the hill, Pawnee Village site, Republic County
Date: July 04, 1901
A photograph showing the placing of a marker on a hill at the Pawnee Village site in Republic County, Kansas. This area would become the Pawnee Indian Museum, the oldest historic site owned by the state of Kansas. In 1899 George and Elizabeth Johnson deeded to the state of Kansas most of the site upon which a large Kitkehahki (Republican) band Pawnee earth lodge village had stood in the late 1700's. The state accepted the site in 1901, put up an iron fence and erected a granite obelisk to mark the site where in 1806, United States explorer Zebulon Pike convinced the Pawnees to lower the Spanish flag, recently left there by a large Spanish force and raise the United States flag. Supposedly this was the first time the U.S. flag was raised west of the Missouri River. This flag raising episode was true except it happened about 40 miles up the Republican River at a village the Pawnees moved to after deserting this one. The portion of this site that was saved included 22 earth lodge depressions, numerous storage pit depressions, and remains of the fortification wall. Two house depressions were excavated in 1949 but intensive investigation of the site did not occur until 1965 under the direction of Kansas State Archeologist Tom Witty. In 1967 the museum was constructed around one of the largest of the lodge depressions before it was excavated. What the residents of the lodge left behind was uncovered by the archeologists and left in the exact same spots. Only eight of the 22 lodge depressions have been excavated. The site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971. Today the site is operated by the Kansas Historical Society as Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site.


School-aged children at an Independence Celebration in Topeka, Kansas

School-aged children at an Independence Celebration in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1940s
A photograph showing a group of children attending a September 16th Independence Celebration in Topeka, Kansas.


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