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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Invitation and program for Governor John Alexander Martin's inauguration

Invitation and program for Governor John Alexander Martin's inauguration
Date: January 12, 1885
This is an invitation and program for Kansas Governor John Alexander Martin's inauguration in the Kansas Capitol. The reception was held in the House of Representatives and the ball in the Senate chambers. Governor Martin, a Republican, served from 1885 to 1889.


Invitation, ticket, and program  for Governor Willis Joshua Bailey's inaugural

Invitation, ticket, and program for Governor Willis Joshua Bailey's inaugural
Date: 1903
Here is an invitation, ticket, and program from Governor Willis Joshua Bailey's inauguration held at the auditorium in Topeka, Kansas. In 1902, Bailey, a Republican, was elected Governor of Kansas and he served from 1903 to 1905.


Invitation to Governor George Washington Glick's inaugural reception and ball

Invitation to Governor George Washington Glick's inaugural reception and ball
Date: January 08, 1883
This is an invitation to Kansas Governor George Washington Glick's inaugural reception and ball held at the Kansas Capitol. The reception was held in the House of Representative's and the ball in the Senate chambers. Governor Glick, a Democrat, served from 1883 to 1885.


Invitation to Governor John Pierce St. John's inauguration ceremonies

Invitation to Governor John Pierce St. John's inauguration ceremonies
Date: January 13, 1879
This is an invitation to Kansas Governor John Pierce St. John's inauguration ceremonies at the Kansas Capitol. Governor St. John, a Republican, served from 1879 to 1883.


Invitation to Governor William H. Avery's inaugural ball at the Municipal Auditorium in Topeka, Kansas

Invitation to Governor William H. Avery's inaugural ball at the Municipal Auditorium in Topeka, Kansas
Date: January 11, 1965
This is an invitation to Governor William H. Avery's inaugural ball at the Municipal Auditorium in Topeka, Kansas. Governor Avery, a Republican, served as the 37th Governor of Kansas from 1965 until 1967.


Invitation to James Abbott's 1855 New York presentation

Invitation to James Abbott's 1855 New York presentation
Creator: King, Charles
Date: September 5, 1855
This printed invitation announced the New York visit of Kansas Territory's James Abbott and his appointment to speak about "the Triumph of Freedom over Slavery in that vicinity" to interested citizens of New York.


Invitation to Washington's Birthday Ball

Invitation to Washington's Birthday Ball
Creator: Kansas Rifles Number 1
Date: February 1856
A printed invitation to a Washington's birthday ball hosted by the Kansas Rifles No. 1 at the Free State Hotel on February 22, 1856.


Invitation to a Grand Celebration in Atchison City

Invitation to a Grand Celebration in Atchison City
Creator: Atchison Committee on Invitations
Date: June 13, 1860
An invitation extended by the citizens of Atchison, Kansas Territory, to attend a celebration of the "extension of the Hannibal and St. Joseph Railroad" to Atchison, and to witness the ground-breaking ceremony for the Atchison and Pike's Peak Railroad. The invitation entitled the bearer to a free pass on various railroads for travel to Atchison.


Isaac T. Goodnow personal records

Isaac T. Goodnow personal records
Date: 1856-1892
Personal mementos and ephemera belonging to Isaac Tichenor Goodnow, including passes, invitations, certificates, recipes, weather records, and travel notes. Goodnow was an early resident of Manhattan, Kansas, and was a free-state supporter. He was a delegate to the Leavenworth Constitutional Convention and was one of the founders of Bluemont Central College.


Kansas Civil War Centennial correspondence

Kansas Civil War Centennial correspondence
Date: 1960-1961
This collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, news releases, addresses and remarks, logistical and planning materials, invitations and confirmations or declinations, copies of historic materials and other reference materials, and other such records related to the Kansas Civil War Centennial Commission, of which Alan W. Farley was member and chairman of this particular activity. The records specifically relate to the centennial celebrations held at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, re-enacting Kansas' entry into the United States and flag-raising as the 34th state in 1861. The documents are mostly arranged roughly in reverse chronological order and include correspondence with various militia units and patriotic organizations. Kansas was celebrating the centennial of statehood in 1961, also, so there is some communication with the Centennial Commission in this correspondence.


Kansas Rifles Number 1 Military Festival

Kansas Rifles Number 1 Military Festival
Creator: Kansas Rifles Number 1
Date: November 15, 1855
This invitation is to a military festival to be held on November 15, 1855, at 7:00 p.m. at the Free State Hotel in Lawrence, Kansas Territory. The committee of arrangements consists of Lieut. J. B. Conway, E. E. Lenhart, J. Mack, J. G. Crocker, and J. W. Colborn. The members of the committee of invitation are Theo. Clemens, Lieut. A. Cutler, and Geo. Earl (Earle?).


Masonic Festival announcement

Masonic Festival announcement
Creator: Ancient Free and Accepted Masons Lawrence Lodge No. 6
Date: December 27, 1859
Announcement of a Masonic Festival to be held at the Masonic Hall in Lawrence, Kansas Territory, for the public installation of the officers of Lawrence Lodge No. 6 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons (AFAM).


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