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Administration Hall, Shawnee Indian Mission

Administration Hall, Shawnee Indian Mission
Date: 1921-1939
This set of photographs represent different views of the East Building of the Mission. The East Buildling was used as the main and administrative building for the Mission as well as the first Territorial Legislature of Kansas in 1855. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


Administration Hall, Shawnee Indian Mission

Administration Hall, Shawnee Indian Mission
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: 1928-1939
This set of photographs represents the Main Building of the Mission that was used as the Administration Hall and the first Territorial Legislature of Kansas in 1855. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


Annals of Shawnee Methodist Mission and Indian Manual Labor School

Annals of Shawnee Methodist Mission and Indian Manual Labor School
Creator: Caldwell, Martha B. (Martha Belle)
Date: 1939
These annals are a compilation of events concerning the Shawnee Methodist Mission year by year. The information was culled from a variety of sources. Most entries include a citation to the source. Thomas Johnson established the mission in 1830 near Turner in present Wyandotte County, Kansas. He also founded the Indian Manual Labor School, which operated in conjunction with the mission. It was moved to the Johnson County area in 1839 and the school operated until 1862. The Santa Fe and Oregon trails passed near the Johnson County location so travelers frequently stopped at the mission. The site housed the executive offices of the first territorial governor and the first territorial legislature met there. In addition to the Methodist mission, the Baptist and Quaker churches also operated missions for the Shawnee. These annals are the complete manuscript from which a condensed version was published by the Kansas State Historical Society in 1939.


Bedroom for Johnson children, Shawnee Indian Mission

Bedroom for Johnson children, Shawnee Indian Mission
Creator: Wolfe Commercial Photo Service
Date: 1942
This photograph represents the bedroom belonging to the Johnson children in the North Building of the Shawnee Indian Mission after reconstruction in 1942. The furniture represented in the photograph is made of walnut. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


Cast Iron Horse from the Shawnee Methodist Mission, 14JO362

Cast Iron Horse from the Shawnee Methodist Mission, 14JO362
Date: 1890-1934
This cast iron horse was recovered from excavations by Kansas Historical Society archeologists and crew at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Johnson County. The Mission was established in 1839 and operated as a school until 1854. It then passed into private ownership and served different functions until it was acquired by the state of Kansas in 1927. Cast iron toys, like this half of a horse, were usually mass produced. This toy was cleaned by electrolysis which passes an electrical current through a liquid solution to separate the rust from the artifact.


Colonial Dames room, Shawnee Indian Mission

Colonial Dames room, Shawnee Indian Mission
Creator: Wolfe Commercial Photo Service
Date: 1954-1956
This photograph represents the Colonial Dames room at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


Colonial Dames room, Shawnee Indian Mission

Colonial Dames room, Shawnee Indian Mission
Creator: Wolfe Commercial Photo Service
Date: 1954-1956
This photograph represents the Colonial Dame room at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday
Creator: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
Date: February 11, 1855
Cyrus K. Holliday wrote to his wife, Mary Holliday, in Meadville, Pennsylvania from Lawrence, Kansas Territory, where he had stopped on his way to visit Governor Andrew H. Reeder at the Shawnee Indian Mission. Holliday hoped to make the growing Topeka the capital of Kansas Territory. In Lawrence, a hotel keeper had died and George W. Brown, editor of the Herald of Freedom, was ill. Despite mail-delaying winter storms further east, the weather continued mildly. Holliday described his financial investments and requested money for his trip to Meadville, more urgent as the birth of their first child approached.


Dofflemyer correspondence

Dofflemyer correspondence
Creator: Dofflemyer, Lewis
Date: January 26, 1940-February 05, 1940
This correspondence centers on Lewis E. Dofflemyer's knowledge of the work of his father, Daniel Dofflemyer, who taught at the Shawnee Methodist Mission beginning around 1850.


East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission

East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: 1977
This set of photographs represent different rooms inside the East Building at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas. Rooms included in the photographs is a bedroom, attic, church and living room with a vareity of fireplaces. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission

East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: 1977
This set of photographs represent interior rooms, including the attic, of the East Building at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission

East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission
Date: around 1942
This photograph represents the East Building at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission

East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: about 1958
These two photographs represent the East Building of the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas. Both photographs capture the historic marker labeling the building as the East Building, but one photograph also includes the historic marker for the West Building of the Mission. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission

East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: 1977
This set of photographs represent interior rooms of the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission

East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission
Date: 1958
This photograph represents the East Building and the historical marker labeling the building at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission

East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: 1977
This pair of photographs represents the exterior of the East Building of the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas. Photographed by staff of the Kansas Historical Society, captured in the photographs is the historical marker and lawns of the building.In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission

East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission
Date: 1966
This set of photographs represent the East Building of the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission

East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: 1977
This set of photographs represent different rooms in the East Building at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas.In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission

East Building, Shawnee Indian Mission
Creator: Wolfe Commercial Photo Service
Date: 1954-1956
This set of photographs represents different exterior views of the East Building at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas. The East Building was used as the Administrative Hall when the Mission was in use. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


Emanuel F. Heisler correspondence

Emanuel F. Heisler correspondence
Creator: Heisler, Emanuel F.
Date: July 15, 1912
In these two letters, Emanuel F. Heisler discusses the Old Shawnee Indian Mission near Kansas City, Kansas.


Garden Pool, West Building, Shawnee Indian Mission

Garden Pool, West Building, Shawnee Indian Mission
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: 1977
This photograph represents the garden pool at the back of the West Building at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


Guest bedroom, Shawnee Indian Mission

Guest bedroom, Shawnee Indian Mission
Creator: Wolfe Commercial Photo Service
Date: 1942
This photograph represents the bedroom used for guests of the Mission or older Indian girls after the Mission's reconstruction in 1942. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


History of Kansas and emigrant's guide

History of Kansas and emigrant's guide
Creator: Chapman, J. Butler
Date: 1855
The title page of the printed volume indicated that it contained "a description geographical and topographical--also climate, soil, productions and comparative value with other states and territories, including its political history, officers-candidates-emigrant colonies-election, abolition, squatter and pro-slavery contentions and inquisitions; with the prospects of the territory for freedom or slavery." Mr. Chapman was a resident of the territory and the information in the booklet was compiled by traveling through Kansas Territory in 1854. The description covers most of the territory and includes information about Native American tribes and lands.


Information sign at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas.

Information sign at the Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway, Kansas.
Date: 1939
This is a photograph showing an information sign on the grounds of the Shawnee Methodist Mission in Fairway, Kansas.


James Anderson to Kirke Mechem

James Anderson to Kirke Mechem
Creator: Anderson, James
Date: May 12, 1938
In this letter to Kirke Mechem of the Kansas State Historical Society, James Anderson provides information regarding his grandfather Reverend Thomas Johnson. Anderson explains that "some time after the death of my grandfather all of his papers relating to himself and the Shawnee Mission were given to Reverend Nathan Scarritt who was to write a biography." However, Anderson states that "before this was accomplished, Dr. Scarritt's house burned and everything was lost including, I presume, his own historical records." Despite that fact, Anderson does provide a wealth of details to Mechem, which highlight Reverend Johnson and his activities.


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