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Anonymous resident to the governor's wife

Anonymous resident to the governor's wife
Date: August 20, 1963
An anonymous Kansas resident writes the wife of Governor John Anderson Jr. of Topeka concerning a proposed atheist colony near Stockton, Kansas. The author expresses her opposition to the colony and regards it as a plot of communist Russia. Madalyn Murray [O'Hair] of Baltimore, Maryland, proposed the colony after the Supreme Court decision in Murray v. Curlett (1963) declared prayer in schools unconstitutional. Ms. Murray formed Other Americans, Inc. (a Maryland corporation) to advance atheist interests and establish an atheist colony in Kansas. Carl Brown, a farmer near Stockton and former Kansas state senator, served as a director of that corporation. Mr. Brown, an avowed atheist, deeded 160 acres of land near Stockton to the corporation. During the 1950s and 1960s, the national debate over the role of religion in public life centered on the use of prayer in public schools. Many people associated atheists with communists and approached this issue from the larger context of the cold war. Historical Society staff removed the author's name and place of residence from this copy of the letter to comply with her request for privacy.


Colton's North America

Colton's North America
Creator: J. H. Colton & Co.
Date: 1861
Map of North America identifying countries, states, territories, cities, and rivers. This map is provided through a co-operative project between the Lecompton Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Society. Partial funding was provided by the Ross and Margaret Wulfkuhle Charitable Trust and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.


Cuba's Heroes and Their Flag

Cuba's Heroes and Their Flag
Date: Between May 25, 1896 and May 30, 1896
A souvenir lithograph, titled "Cuba's Heroes and Their Flag" of the 1896 Grand Cuban-American Fair held at New York City's Madison Square Garden.


Inspection on the U.S.S. Oregon City

Inspection on the U.S.S. Oregon City
Date: Between 1946 and 1947
This is a photograph showing a shake down inspection on the U.S.S. Oregon City at Guantanamo Bay Cuba.


Jess Willard

Jess Willard
Date: April 5, 1915
This sepia colored photograph shows Jess Willard, 1881-1968, defeating Jack Johnson, 1878-1946, in Havana, Cuba for the title of heavyweight champion of the world.


Map of North America from the latest authorities showing the proposed railroad routes from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans

Map of North America from the latest authorities showing the proposed railroad routes from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans
Creator: J. H. Colton & Co.
Date: 1854
Map of North America detailing the proposed railroad routes across the United States and routes to Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, and Jamaica. A table of geographical statistics and a table of distances, as well as an illustration of Pyramid Lake in California, are included. This map is provided through a co-operative project between the Lecompton Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Society. Partial funding was provided by the Ross and Margaret Wulfkuhle Charitable Trust and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.


Map of the new islands which are called the islands of the West or of the Indies

Map of the new islands which are called the islands of the West or of the Indies
Creator: Munster, Sebastian, 1489-1552
Date: Between A.D. 1552 and A.D. 1568
Hand-tinted woodcut map of the New World. The map's text is in Latin, except for a French title that translates as, "Map of the new islands which are called the islands of the West or of the Indies." This map was the first to depict North and South America as separate from the rest of the world's land masses yet connected to each other by land. North America is labeled "Terra florida." Forests and mountains are indicated on the continents, and cannibals are depicted as living in present-day Brazil. All land masses and oceans are presented out of proper perspective. This map appeared in a French edition of the book Cosmographia by the German cartographer Sebastian Münster. The book was widely read, with about forty editions printed during the century following its first appearance in 1544.


On the Inside of the Cuban Revloution by Frederick Funston

On the Inside of the Cuban Revloution by Frederick Funston
Date: Between 1898 and 1899
This broadside advertises a lecture by Frederick Funston, Lieutenant-Colonel and Chief of Artillery of the Cuban Insurgent Army. As noted in this broadside he will describe a number of important battles of the Cuban Revolution along with his experiences in prison and trial by court martial.


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