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An invitation to an address written by Ralph Waldo Emerson

An invitation to an address written by Ralph Waldo Emerson
Creator: Channing, William F.
Date: November 8, 1856
A printed invitation issued by William F. Channing in repsonse to an address delivered by Ralph Waldo Emerson on the topic of aid to the sufferers in Kansas. This address was given at the Tremont Temple in Boston, Massachusetts, and sponsored by the Young Men's Kansas Relief Society.


Anniversary Ball

Anniversary Ball
Date: May 20, 1859
The citizens of Lawrence, Kansas Territory, were giving this ball to benefit the fire department but the event was to be held on the anniversary of the destruction of the Free State Hotel on May 20, 1856. The event was to be held at the Eldridge House and music was provided by the Lawrence Quadrille Band.


April 1888

April 1888
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: April 1888
These letters, dated April 1888, are from various individuals regarding Kansas issues to Kansas Governor John Martin. The issues include railroads, iron, immigration, pardons, soldiers, cases, pensions, natural resources, farming, meetings for various societies and boards, and invitations. Kansas Governor John Martin succeeded G. W. Glick in 1885. In 1885, the state of affairs was persistent in prosperous economic growth, and city and town expansion. But all that boom and extravagance changed in Martin's last year of office, 1889, when conditions gave way to severe drought and an economic recession.


Benefit Ball

Benefit Ball
Date: May 21, 1858
This invitation was to a ball to be held on the anniversary of the destruction of the Free State Hotel. It was to celebrate the opening of the Eldridge House, Lawrence, Kansas Territory. Tickets cost $5.00 and the proceeds were to be used for furnshing the new hotel. Thirty nine men from 17 different communities were listed on the invitation.


Birthday programs for Benjamin "Pap" Singleton

Birthday programs for Benjamin "Pap" Singleton
Date: August 1882-August 1883
Here are two announcements for the programs held on Benjamin "Pap" Singleton's birthday. For his 73rd birthday in 1882, the city of Topeka hosted a celebration at Hartzell Park with music, prayer, and speeches. For his 74th birthday in 1883, the city again hosted a celebration which included barbeque, skating, boating, and croquet.


Blind, Institute for the

Blind, Institute for the
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
These letters are from Geo. H. Miller, Superintendent of the Kansas Institute for the Education of the Blind, to Kansas Governor G. W. Glick. Most of these correspondence are asking Glick to visit. One letter specifically invites Glick to their commencement with the inclusion of the commencement program. Geo. H. Miller discusses other matters relating to the institute as well.


Cities and Towns

Cities and Towns
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
These letters are from city councils, mayors, and other Kansas citizens regarding their cities and towns to Kansas Governor G. W. Glick. The topics of these letters include the board of education, Enterprise, Kansas as a railroad station, invitations to visit, and the appointment and removal of city officials. Many letters pertain to Olathe and a water works building contract named the Holmes Contract because of the owner's last name. There are also Governor Proclamations and letters responding to or requesting the proclamations for the cities of Arkansas City, Girard, Hiawatha, and Pittsburg.


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


Elizabeth Miller Watkins legacy collection

Elizabeth Miller Watkins legacy collection
Creator: Kitchen 8 (Alumnae organization : University of Kansas)
Date: 1935-1971
This collection includes material relating to Elizabeth Miller Watkins & Frank C. Miller scholarship halls at the University of Kansas (Lawrence) and Elizabeth Miller Watkins & her husband. Only selected materials from the collection have been digitized and are available here. A scrapbook compiled by Philomene Bourassa Hood for the years she attended the University of Kansas (1935-1939) is one example of the legacy materials on the scholarship halls. One of the early items in the scrapbook is a copy of the booklet The Mythical Jayhawk written by Kirke Mechem and published by the Kansas State Historical Society. The scrapbook contains photographs of women living in Watkins scholarship hall and the people and buildings in the photographs are usually identified. There are invitations for various Watkins Hall social events. The scrapbook also contains photos of numerous building and scenes on campus. The scrapbook contains some newspaper clippings with some of them about Philomene. One clipping states that she made Phi Beta Kappa and the initiation program for December 5, 1938, is included as well. There are three multiple paged printed items related to the 1939 commencement--the announcement, the program, and a special commencement issue of the Jayhawker. The scrapbook contains a wine list and another printed document for the Bavarian Rathskeller, Armour Blvd. and Forest, Kansas City, Missouri. The rest of the digitized material relates directly to Elizabeth Watkins (January 21, 1861-June 1, 1939) including biographical clippings and obituaries, her last will and testament with a large number of bequests and the endowment for the scholarship halls, and a list of her contributions to the University of Kansas. A description of the entire collection is available through the link in the "External Links" box below.


Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Interstate Deep Water Convention, Denver

Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Interstate Deep Water Convention, Denver
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1888
These letters, spanning 1888, are from the governor of the state of Colorado, Alva Adams, and other individuals regarding the Interstate Deep Water Convention to Kansas Governor John Martin. Adams wrote explaining the convention and inviting the governor as well as delegates. The rest of the letters ask for the appointment of delegate or accept the appointment. The Interstate Deep Water Convention was held in Denver, Colorado on August 28th, 1888.


Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; National Cattle Growers Association

Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; National Cattle Growers Association
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885 to 1887, are from the office of the National Cattle Growers Association and other individuals regarding their annual national convention to Kansas Governor John Martin. The letters cover multiple annual conventions. The letters for both conventions explain the plans, ask for delegates, and discuss the National Cattle Growers Association Executive Board. Letters from other individuals ask for the appointment of delegate. The convention, in November 1885, was held in Chicago, Illinois, while the convention in November 1887, was held in Kansas City, Missouri.


Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; National Conference of Charities and Corrections

Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; National Conference of Charities and Corrections
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1887
This letter, dated July 11, 1887, is from J. A. Gillespie, Chairman of the Local Committee of Charities and Corrections, regarding the 14th National Conference of Charities and Corrections to Kansas Governor John Martin. Gillespie wrote inviting the governor and his delegates to the conference. There are notes within this file that have D. C. Miluer appointed as delegate. The Conference of Charities and Corrections was held in Omaha, Nebraska from August 25th to 31st, 1887.


Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Statute of Liberty Inauguration

Expositions, Centennials, Conventions; Statute of Liberty Inauguration
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
This letter, dated October 11, 1886, is from Charles P. Stone, U.S. Grand Marshall, regarding the inauguration of the Statue of Liberty to Kansas Governor John Martin. It is an official letter, with RSVP and other requirements listed, inviting the governor and the state of Kansas to, and explaining the significance of, the inauguration of the Statue of Liberty. The opening ceremony of the Statue of Liberty occurred on October 28th, 1886.


Fairs

Fairs
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1874 - 1876
The documents in this file relate to various organizational fairs or conventions where Kansas Governor Osborne or Kansas delegates were invited to be present. This description does not cover all the documents in this file. A letter on September 30, 1875, from J. A. Broadhead, asks Kansas Governor Osborn to appoint five delegates to the National Railroad Convention held in St. Louis, Missouri, on November 23, 1875. An invitation for Governor Osborn to attend the next Annual County Fair in Fulton, Missouri. A letter from the Secretary of Kansas Centennial Board Managers invites Governor Osborn to attend the opening of the Kansas building on June 1, 1876. A letter on March 14, 1876, from J. H. Snead, recommends Dr. Lull for the appointment as a member of the Centennial Board.


Fairs, expositions, centennials and conventions

Fairs, expositions, centennials and conventions
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1882
This file contains several letters formally inviting Kansas Governor St. John to attend an event or celebration. A formal invitation from Edwin Brown, President of the Chicago American Humane Association, welcomes the Governor to celebrate the third annual convention in Chicago, Illinois. A letter from the committee of arrangements of the John Brown festival thanks the Governor for sharing detailed information about John Brown and talks about erecting a monument for Brown. A letter from the Committee of the River Improvement Convention requests the Governor attend the meeting convention held for the improvement of the Mississippi River.


First Territorial Capitol of Kansas restoration ceremony

First Territorial Capitol of Kansas restoration ceremony
Date: August 1, 1928
This is an invitation to the ceremonies following the completion of the restoration of the First Territorial Capitol at Fort Riley, Kansas. The Union Pacific Railroad paid for the restoration and sponsored special trains to the event. The First Territorial Capitol was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.


Free State Hotel ball invitation

Free State Hotel ball invitation
Date: 1859
An invitation to a ball held on January 29, 1859, at the Free State Hotel in Lawrence, Kansas Territory, with proceeds going toward refurnishing the hotel "and in some degree retrieving the loss sustained by Col. Eldridge in the destruction of the Eldridge House on the 21st day of May, 1856." Music would be performed by the Lawrence Cornet Band.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, invitations and speeches

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, invitations and speeches
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to invitations and speeches given by and for Governor Reed. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Graduating class of 1934

Graduating class of 1934
Date: 1934
A graduation announcement for the graduating nursing class from Vail School of Nursing in Topeka, Kansas. This image is from the Stormont-Vail Nurse's Alumni Association collection.


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.


Halloween invitation

Halloween invitation
Date: 1909
Small handwritten invitation to a 1909 Halloween party. All marks are handmade in black ink on rectangular white cardstock. Five jack-o'-lanterns are sketched across top and down left margin. The invitation was among the belongings of the Mack family, who were farmers in rural Morris County. The address "1027 Houston" may refer to the residence of Mrs. Mary Van Zile in Manhattan, Kansas.


Inaugural ceremonies (January 13, 1879 : Topeka, Kansas)

Inaugural ceremonies (January 13, 1879 : Topeka, Kansas)
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1878 - 1879
A telegraph on January 6, 1879, from L. T. Tuthill, states he will have a car ready for Captain Brown's company on the Sunday train as requested. A letter on December 31, 1878, from Captain Willis Brown thanks Governor Anthony for the invitation and states that uniforms have been ordered. A letter on December 27, 1878, from Edmund Boltwood, accepts Kansas Governor Anthony's invitation to attend the Inaugural Ceremony in Topeka. A letter on December 26, 1878, from A. Campbell, informs the Governor the invitation to the inauguration was received and asks about getting passes for two of the men's wives. Additional documents concern similar matters related to the Inaugural Ceremony held in Topeka, Kansas on January 13, 1879.


Independence Grand Pic Nic Party

Independence Grand Pic Nic Party
Date: July 5, 1858
This invitation is for a party to be held at McAllister's Hall in Osawatomie, Kansas Territory, on July 5, 1858. Music will be provided by Smith's Band. Supper is provided and tickets cost $2.50. The back of the invitation lists 27 dances that will be performed. This party is sponsored by several individuals from Osawatomie, Indianapolis, Paola, Stanton, Lane City, Lawrence, and several other communities.


International Music Festival (Boston)

International Music Festival (Boston)
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1872
An invitation from Mayor William Caston and members of the Boston City Hall to Kansas Governor Harvey to attend the International Music Festival in Boston on June 17, 1872.


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