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Kansas Agricultural & Mechanical Association award

Kansas Agricultural & Mechanical Association award
Date: 1870
Round silver medal in a brown celluloid presentation case. The medal was awarded to David T. Skelton of Leavenworth by the Kansas Agricultural & Mechanical Association of Leavenworth. It was given for the wheat flour produced by Skelton Mills, also of Leavenworth, on September 17, 1870. The presentation was made by M.H. Insley, President of the Association, and George T. Anthony, the Secretary (and later Governor of Kansas).


Panama-Pacific International Exposition prize medal

Panama-Pacific International Exposition prize medal
Creator: Flanagan, John
Date: 1915
This bronze medal was made for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition. The exposition, held in San Francisco, California in 1915, celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal. The canal was a massive American-funded construction project that connected the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans through the Central American country of Panama. The medal features two figures, representing the two oceans, grasping hands over the Isthmus of Panama. It belonged to Arthur Capper, Kansas Governor and United States Senator. Capper probably acquired the medal on July 19, 1915, while attending a reception given in his honor at the exposition. Designed by sculptor John Flanagan, the medal was awarded to dignitaries or given as a prize. The Latin inscription reads "What God has Divided, Man Joins." The reverse side features the Tower of Jewels, the signature building of the fair.


Prohibition prize medal

Prohibition prize medal
Date: 1887
In the late 1880s, William Jennings Demorest often awarded these silver medals to schoolchildren for producing essays about Prohibition. After achieving financial success in New York through publishing and the textile industry, Demorest attempted to launch a political career grounded on the principles of Prohibition. In 1888 Demorest was nominated as the Prohibition Party candidate for lieutenant governor of New York.


Track meet medal

Track meet medal
Date: 1936
Vesta D. Cossaart Kvasnicka won this medal for placing first in the one-mile relay at the 1936 Washington county, Kansas track meet. Kvansnicka was raised in Republic county, Kansas but attended Mahaska High School in Washington county. The high schools in Mahaska and Narka (Republic county) competed to get Vesta and her twin sister, Vera, to attend their schools because of the girls' athletic ability. According to the girls' father, L.J. Cossaart, the girls attended the school in Mahaska because it was closer to the family farm.


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