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This is a portrait of Catherine (Kate) Elizabeth German, who was taken captive with her younger sisters, Sophia, Julia, and Adelaide, by Cheyenne Indians after their family was killed. Kate was born on March 21, 1857. On September 11, 1874, the John German family, consisting of his wife and seven children, was attacked by a band of Cheyenne east of Ft. Wallace, Kansas. Only four of the children, Catherine, Sophia, Julia, and Adelaide, were spared and taken captive. The two youngest, Julia and Adelaide (aged 7 and 5), were subsequently abandoned on the prairie in what is now the Texas panhandle. Sophia and Catherine were kept by their Cheyenne captors. Fort Wallace received word of the killings and began the search to find the girls and to negotiate their release. They found Julia and Adelaide, who had survived on their own for 6 weeks, and on March 1, 1875, the Cheyennes formally released Catherine and Sophia German at the Darlington Agency in Indian Territory (Oklahoma). The two girls were reunited with their younger sisters at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in June of 1875.

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Choir at Fellowship Temple in Manhattan, Kansas

Choir at Fellowship Temple in Manhattan, Kansas
Date: October 1992
This is a slide showing choir members at the Fellowship Temple in Manhattan, Kansas.


Teresa Cuevas

Teresa Cuevas
Date: Between 1980 and 1989
Here are several photographs of violinist Teresa Cuevas. She was born on April 20, 1920, in Topeka, Kansas. She formed the first all-female mariachi band in the United States, named Mariachi Estrella. The original members included Connie Alcala, Delores Galvan, Teresa Cuevas, Rachel Galvan, and Linda Scurlock. The black and white photographs were taken during the Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program, developed in the 1980s by the Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Arts Commission with funding by the National Endowment for the Arts. The color photographs were taken at the 1986 Kansas Folklife Festival and a 1989 folk art exhibit opening at the Kansas capitol building in Topeka, Kansas. Tereas Cuevas passed away on December 12, 2013.


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