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Administrative building at the State Orphans Home in Atchison, Kansas

Administrative building at the State Orphans Home in Atchison, Kansas
Creator: Lotus Engraving Company
Date: 1936
A photograph of the administration building at the State Orphans Home in Atchison, Kansas. In 1887 Kansas opened the Soldiers' Orphans' Home in Atchison for children of Union soldiers and sailors. This was the first such facility in the state for children who had lost their parents. At first limited to veterans' children aged five and under, regulations were altered in 1889 to admit all "dependent, neglected or abused children" between the ages of two and 14. The name was changed to the State Orphans' Home in 1909.


Advertising for Security Benefit Association in Topeka, Kansas

Advertising for Security Benefit Association in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1920
This is an advertising card for joining the Security Benefit Association, an early social security system. There was a model hospital for the members who paid a nickel a month for hospital care. That fee also covered an orphanage for their children if the member died and an old folks home all centered around a model farm in Topeka, Kansas.


Advertising for Security Benefit Association in Topeka, Kansas

Advertising for Security Benefit Association in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1920
This is an advertising card for joining the Security Benefit Association, an early social security system. There was a model hospital for the members who paid a nickel a month for hospital care. That fee also covered an orphanage for their children if the member died and an old folks home all centered around a model farm in Topeka, Kansas.


Aerial view of the Kansas Soldiers' Home, Dodge City, Kansas

Aerial view of the Kansas Soldiers' Home, Dodge City, Kansas
Date: January 1961
This is an aerial view of the Kansas Soldiers' Home and the Mother Bickerdyke Annex in Fort Dodge, Kansas.


Aerial view of the Kansas State Children's Receiving Home in Atchison, Kansas

Aerial view of the Kansas State Children's Receiving Home in Atchison, Kansas
Date: 1962
An aerial view of the Kansas State Children's Receiving Home in Atchison, Kansas. In 1887, Kansas opened the Soldiers' Orphan's Home in Atchison for children of Union soldiers and sailors. This was the first such facility in the state for children who had lost their parents. At first limited to veterans' children aged five and under, regulations were altered in 1889 to admit all "dependent, neglected or abused children" between the ages of two and 14. The name was changed to the State Orphans' Home in 1909 and in 1953 to the Kansas Children's Home, and in 1955 to the Kansas Children's Receiving Home.


Aerial view of the Kansas State Children's Receiving Home in Atchison, Kansas

Aerial view of the Kansas State Children's Receiving Home in Atchison, Kansas
Date: 1960
An aerial view of the Kansas State Children's Receiving Home in Atchison, Kansas. In 1887, Kansas opened the Soldiers' Orphan's Home in Atchison for children of Union soldiers and sailors. This was the first such facility in the state for children who had lost their parents. At first limited to veterans' children aged five and under, regulations were altered in 1889 to admit all "dependent, neglected or abused children" between the ages of two and 14. The name was changed to the State Orphans' Home in 1909 and in 1953 to the Kansas Children's Home, and in 1955 to the Kansas Children's Receiving Home.


Aerial view of the State Industrial School for Boys

Aerial view of the State Industrial School for Boys
Date: Between 1960 and 1969
State Industrial School for Boys opened its doors in 1881 to educate young men who had committed criminal acts. The school was located north of the capitol building on about 170 acres of land that was given by the city of Topeka.


Boys from the State Industrial School

Boys from the State Industrial School
Date: Between 1920 and 1924
This photograph shows a group of young boys standing in a line at State Industrial School for Boys in Topeka, Kansas. The school opened its doors in 1881 to educate young men who had committed criminal acts. The school was located north of the capitol building on about 170 acres of land that was given by the city of Topeka.


Charles Miller to Kansas Adjutant General

Charles Miller to Kansas Adjutant General
Date: October 21, 1877
Letter from Charles Miller at the National Soldier's Home in Dayton, Ohio to the Kansas Adjutant General's Office in Topeka. Miller seeks information on the whereabouts of three officers: Capt. John Nelson, 1st Lt. Robert Nelson, and Sgt. George Cowger, from Nashville, Washington County, Illinois who moved to Kansas. These men belonged to Company H of the Fifth Regiment of the Illinois Volunteer Cavalry.


Chase County poor farm near Elmdale, Kansas

Chase County poor farm near Elmdale, Kansas
Creator: Hixson
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
This photograph shows the Chase County poor farm located near Elmdale, Kansas.


Children seated in the dining room at the State Orphans Home, Atchison, Kansas

Children seated in the dining room at the State Orphans Home, Atchison, Kansas
Creator: Lotus Engraving Company
Date: 1936
A photograph of children in the dining room of the State Orphans Home in Atchison, Kansas. In 1887 Kansas opened the Soldiers' Orphans' Home in Atchison for children of Union soldiers and sailors. This was the first such facility in the state for children who had lost their parents. At first limited to veterans' children aged five and under, regulations were altered in 1889 to admit all "dependent, neglected or abused children" between the ages of two and 14. The name was changed to the State Orphans' Home in 1909.


Correspondence of George Huron concerning Boston Corbett

Correspondence of George Huron concerning Boston Corbett
Date: 1887-1913
Correspondence of George A. Huron who was appointed guardian of Boston Corbett after he was committed to an insane asylum in Topeka, Kansas. Corbett is known as the man who killed John Wilkes Booth following President Lincoln's assassination. Corbett escaped from the asylum in May 1888. This correspondence relates to Huron's guardianship of Corbett and matters of his estate following his disappearance and presumed death.


Display of works from the State Orphans Home in Atchison, Kansas

Display of works from the State Orphans Home in Atchison, Kansas
Creator: Lotus Engraving Company
Date: 1936
A photograph of a display showing the work of the Manual Training Department and the Girls Department at the State Orphans Home in Atchison, Kansas. In 1887 Kansas opened the Soldiers' Orphans' Home in Atchison for children of Union soldiers and sailors. This was the first such facility in the state for children who had lost their parents. At first limited to veterans' children aged five and under, regulations were altered in 1889 to admit all "dependent, neglected or abused children" between the ages of two and 14. The name was changed to the State Orphans' Home in 1909. This home protected orphan children, and gave them a chance to enjoy their childhoods.


Drum corps at the State Soldiers Home in Dodge City, Kansas

Drum corps at the State Soldiers Home in Dodge City, Kansas
Date: June 15, 1918
A photograph of the Old Soldiers Drum Corps at the State Soldiers Home in Dodge City, Kansas. The men are standing in front of the Headquarters Building.


Ellsworth Auditorium at the Mother Bickerdyke Home, Ellsworth, Kansas

Ellsworth Auditorium at the Mother Bickerdyke Home, Ellsworth, Kansas
Date: Between 1889 and 1890
A photograph of the Ellsworth Auditorium being constructed at the Mother Bickerdyke Home in Ellsworth, Kansas.


Fellows' Club, Menninger West Campus, Topeka, Kansas

Fellows' Club, Menninger West Campus, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1960-1962
The Fellows' Club was formerly Building "A" of the Security Benefit Association Complex. It was built in 1918-1919 and housed the orphaned children of members of the Association. It was called the Children's Building or the Orphan's Dormitory. At first it also housed old people until their quarters Buildings "B" and "C" were completed. In 1942, the last child had been moved out and the building was closed. In 1950, when S.B.A. became a mutual rather than a fraternal insurance organization, the building was renamed "Hilltop Lodge" and served as a hotel for visiting families of patients at the S.B.A. hospital. The Menninger Foundation purchased the property in 1959 and in 1962 the basement was remodelled as the Fellows' Club of the Menninger School of Psychiatry. Later the building was remodelled to serve as a Day Hospital for the Menninger Clinic West Campus and was named the Clevenger Building. In 2003, the Menninger Foundation moved to Houston, Texas.


Girls at the State Orphans Home in Atchison, Kansas

Girls at the State Orphans Home in Atchison, Kansas
Creator: Kansas. State Orphans Home
Date: 1926
A photograph of a group of girls from the State Orphans Home in Atchison, Kansas. This photograph was copied from the 20th Biennial Report for the State Orphans Home, 1926. In 1887, Kansas opened the Soldiers' Orphan's Home in Atchison for children of Union soldiers and sailors. This was the first such facility in the state for children who had lost their parents. At first limited to veterans' children aged five and under, regulations were altered in 1889 to admit all "dependent, neglected or abused children" between the ages of two and 14. The name was changed to the State Orphans Home in 1909.


Governor Arthur Capper visiting the Kansas State Soldiers Home, Dodge City, Kansas

Governor Arthur Capper visiting the Kansas State Soldiers Home, Dodge City, Kansas
Date: Between 1916 and 1917
Several views of Kansas Governor Arthur Capper's visit to the State Soldiers Home at Dodge City, Kansas.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Mother Bickerdyke Home

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Mother Bickerdyke Home
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the Mother Bickerdyke Home. Topics in the correspondence cover but is not limited to affidavites, sexual harrasment and administration. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Soldiers' Home

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Soldiers' Home
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the Soldier's Home. Topics in the correspondence cover but is not limited to hospital administration, affidavites and supplies such as coal needed for the Home. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Soldiers' Home, Board of Managers applications

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Soldiers' Home, Board of Managers applications
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to applications of employment on the Board of Managers for the Soldiers' Home. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Soldiers' Home, Board of Managers applications

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Soldiers' Home, Board of Managers applications
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to applications of employment on the Board of Managers for the Soldiers' Home. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Soldiers' Home, Board of Managers applications

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Soldiers' Home, Board of Managers applications
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to applications of employment on the Board of Managers for the Soldiers' Home. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, orphans

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, orphans
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to orphanages. Topics in the correspondence cover but is not limited to orphan placement, scarlet fever epidemic at the State Orphans' Home and the establishement of an orphanage for Native American children. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Graduating class from the Kansas State Soldiers Home at Dodge City, Kansas

Graduating class from the Kansas State Soldiers Home at Dodge City, Kansas
Date: May 25, 1902
A photograph of the State Soldiers Home graduating class at Dodge City, Kansas. Top row: Bessie Powers, Susie Evans, Professor Woodbury, Humphry Sughrue, Jennie Graver. Middle row: Neada McCaffry, Bessie Boyd, Pearl Malcolm, Amelia Johnson, Serena Barr, Glen Roth. Bottom row: Ethel Wynans, Fay Thompson, Jennie Shaffer.


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