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$190,235,814 For Dairy Products

$190,235,814 For Dairy Products
Date: 1917
This promotional brochure was designed as a talk to encourage the construction of good roads in the state of Kansas. It described comparable rural roads in Wisconsin that promote crop and dairy production.


Ada L. James to Lucy B. Johnston

Ada L. James to Lucy B. Johnston
Creator: James, Ada L.
Date: November 6, 1912
Ada James, President of the Political Equality League of Wisconsin, sent this telegram to Lucy Johnston, President of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association in Topeka, Shawnee County. James congratulated Johnston on the successful passage of a universal suffrage amendment to the state constitution.


Architectural sample

Architectural sample
Creator: Quarra Stone Company
Date: between 1999 and 2005
Limestone block with one face finished with sample of a "pitch-drove" surface. Prepared by the Quarra Stone Company of Madison, Wisconsin as part of the 1999 to 2014 Capitol preservation and restoration project.


Architectural sample

Architectural sample
Creator: Quarra Stone Company
Date: between 1999 and 2005
Limestone block with one face finished with sample of a "pitch-faced" surface. Prepared by the Quarra Stone Company of Madison, Wisconsin as part of the 1999 to 2014 Capitol preservation and restoration project.


Architectural sample

Architectural sample
Creator: Quarra Stone Company
Date: between 1999 and 2005
Limestone block with one face finished with sample of a "pitch-crandle" surface. Prepared by the Quarra Stone Company of Madison, Wisconsin as part of the 1999 to 2014 Capitol preservation and restoration project.


Baxter Springs as a military post

Baxter Springs as a military post
Creator: Thompson, Hugh L.
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
This pamphlet recounts the history of Baxter Springs, Kansas, as military institution during the Civil War. It also describes the murder of the Rev. John Baxter for whom the town was named. It describes the attack on General James G. Blunt and his forces at Baxter Springs on October 6, 1863. The author, Hugh L. Thompson, wrote the account from memory and claimed to be the "only man who was sent there at all times when the U.S. troops occupied the place." Thompson was a member of the 3rd Wiscosin Cavalry Volunteers, Company C.


Charles W. Waddell to Governor George Hodges

Charles W. Waddell to Governor George Hodges
Creator: Waddell, Charlis, W
Date: June 28, 1914
This letter from Charles W. Waddell was sent to Governor George Hodges to express his thoughts on the possible passage of a Jim Crow law in Kansas. Waddell, a Wisconsin resident and a supporter of Jim Crow, claimed that if the people of Kansas understood who the Negro was, then the law would pass with little opposition. In Waddell's letter he suggests that Governor Hodges supports the passing of the Jim Crow law. Hodges had made a speech to the Kansas House of Representatives in January of 1913 publicly discouraging the passing of any Jim Crow laws in Kansas. The Jim Crow law did not pass. Blacks in Kansas did experience discrimination from Jim Crow laws such as poll taxing and segregated elementary schools. Jim Crow laws were not officially outlawed nationwide until the mid to late 1960s.


Chief Wiskigeamatyuk, Edith Roosevelt, Ethel Roosevelt, Agnes Martin and Chief Kootoose

Chief Wiskigeamatyuk, Edith Roosevelt, Ethel Roosevelt, Agnes Martin and Chief Kootoose
Date: Between 1901 and 1909
This is a photograph showing Chief Wiskigeamatyuk, a member of Potawatomi tribe; Edith Roosevelt; Ethel Roosevelt; Agnes Martin; and Chief Kootoose, member of the Potawatomi tribe. The photograph was taken in the Wisconsin woods. The Potawatomi were once located in the Great Lakes region before they were moved to Kansas Territory. On September 26, 1833, the Potawatomi of Illinois and Wisconsin signed the Treaty of Chicago, which ceded the last of their lands to the United States. The United States began removing the Potawatomi off of their Wisconsin lands between 1835 and 1838. Most Wisconsin Potawatomi went to Iowa and later to Kansas and settled on reservations. Despite this, many stayed in Wisconsin. About 200 of the Potawatomi who went to Iowa and Kansas returned to Wisconsin and settled in the vicinity of Wisconsin Rapids. The Wisconsin Potawatomi are federally recognized, but they are included on the tribal roll of the Kansas Potawatomi.


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Construction set
Creator: G.B. Lewis Company
Date: 1931
This set consists of wood pieces, and a book of objects you can build with the set. It was made by the G.B. Lewis Company in Watertown Wisconsin in 1931. They were primarily a lumber company and used that as a selling point.


Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday
Creator: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
Date: June 22, 1856
During a lull, Cyrus K. Holliday reported from Topeka, Kansas Territory to his wife, Mary Holliday, in Meadville, Pennsylvania that Colonel Edwin V. Sumner had forced proslavery troops back to Missouri and camped on the border. Two free state men from Wisconsin had killed proslavery supporters near Osawatomie. Governor Wilson Shannon had resigned. A "large mass convention" was planned for July 2nd and 3rd, with a meeting of the free state legislature on the 4th. Cyrus advised Mary and Mr. Nichols to wait until after the 4th to travel to the territory.


E. N. Ruddock to Governor John St. John

E. N. Ruddock to Governor John St. John
Creator: Ruddock, E. N.
Date: June 1880
E.N. Ruddock of Wisconsin, who had performed temperance work in Kansas, sends this gracious and humble letter to Kansas Governor St. John, thanking him for his support and wishing him well.


George L. Higby, Volunteer Enlistment in the 19th Kansas Cavalry

George L. Higby, Volunteer Enlistment in the 19th Kansas Cavalry
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: October 15, 1868
This volunteer enlistment form belonged to George L. Higby, who volunteered to serve in the 19th Kansas Cavalry, Company D, for the period of six months. The 19th Kansas Cavalry was organized in 1868 in order to fight native tribes in western Kansas and Indian Territory (present-day Oklahoma).


Glenn Cunningham at a track meet possibly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Glenn Cunningham at a track meet possibly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Creator: Murphy, Peter F., Jr.
Date: Between 1930 and 1935
This is a photograph showing Glenn Cunningham at a track meet possibly in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The scars on his legs, caused by a rural school fire, are visible in the photograph.


Guide thru Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas Showing the Township lines of the United States Surveys

Guide thru Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas Showing the Township lines of the United States Surveys
Creator: J. H. Colton & Co.
Date: 1857
Map showing the township lines of the United States surveys by John Calvin Smith in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Kansas. The map has an inset table of census statistics for 1850, including population, number of livestock, principal crops, products, and state finances. 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.


Horlick's Malted Milk Jar from the Plowboy Site, 14SH372

Horlick's Malted Milk Jar from the Plowboy Site, 14SH372
Date: 1920-1950
This malted milk jar was collected from the Plowboy site in Shawnee County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2017. Horlick's Malted Milk was meant to be served hot. It was manufactured by James and William Horlick at Racine, Wisconsin. The jar was manufactured by the Hazel-Atlas Glass Co., of Wheeling, West Virginia. The Plowboy site was home to the Kansa, the Potawatomi, and Euro-Americans. At various times, the site contained a farm, a trading post, and a post office with nearby military trails, Mormon routes, a railroad and the California-Oregon trail.


Ida M. Ferris to George W. Martin

Ida M. Ferris to George W. Martin
Creator: Ferris, Ida M.
Date: July 11, 1910
In this letter to George W. Martin, Ida Ferris discusses Sac and Fox members, including Black Hawk, who "was not buried on top of the earth, but in a sitting posture with a seat in the grave so his head came even with the top of the ground," and Keokuk. In addition, Ferris states that Walter Battice could provide Martin with "much information concerning the troubles between the Sacs and Foxes."


J. Lee Knight

J. Lee Knight
Date: 1854-1860
J. Lee Knight was a photographer. He owned the New River Side Galley in Topeka, Kansas Territory.


Janett Barringer to Henry Miles Moore

Janett Barringer to Henry Miles Moore
Creator: Barringer, Jarrett
Date: October 16, 1854
Janett Barringer, writing from Mineral Pointe, Wisconsin, sought to purchase a Leavenworth town lot from Henry Miles Moore, secretary of the Leavenworth Town Association, Kansas Territory. Barringer proposed to pay fifty dollars for the lot.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1864
This is correspondence sent and received by the Kansas Adjutant General's Office. Cyrus K. Holliday succeeded Guilford Dudley as Adjutant General in May 1864. Topics of this correspondence include hospital reports from Fort Scott, requests for more appointments of medical officers, transmittal of muster rolls, a list of volunteers from Wisconsin who enlisted in Kansas, and letters from Elizabeth Pearsons Clouse inquiring about her son, Benjamin Franklin Pearsons. Correspondence was frequently exchanged with Lieutenant J.R. Kemble, General John B. Gray, Assistant Provost Marshal Sidney Clarke, Provost Marshal James McCahon, and Provost Marshal A.J. Shannon. Also included are letters from newspaper publishers requesting payment for printing General and Special Orders, including a young Marshall M. Murdock from the Burlingame Chronicle. A letter dated January 31, 1864 from President Abraham Lincoln orders the draft of 500,000 men. A searchable, full-text version of this correspondence is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Kansas Aid Society of Wisconsin, pamphlet

Kansas Aid Society of Wisconsin, pamphlet
Creator: Daniels, Edward
Date: No date
Edward Daniels was an agent for the State Kansas Aid Society of Wisconsin. This undated printed circular encouraged the donation of funds to aid emigration to Kansas or the commitment of men to go to Kansas Territory as peaceful settlers. The circular stated that a train of wagons, with six men per wagon, would leave Wisconsin on or before September 15 of an unspecified year. It suggested that emigrants bring double-barrelled shot guns and rifles as well as clothing a blanket, good books, and seeds, with additional money for other equipment. The primary reference to the controversy in Kansas Territory was "each individual is of course honorably bound to remain in Kansas until the settlement of the present difficulties." The document refers to local societies as well at the state society.


Kansas and Nebraska

Kansas and Nebraska
Creator: Wells, J.G.
Date: 1856
Map detailing the territories of Kansas and Nebraska and surrounding states. Identified on the map are rivers, Indian lands, the Santa Fe Trail, and the Oregon Trail. 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. Copies of this map are available for viewing at both the Kansas Historical Society and Lecompton Historical Society.


Leigh R. Webber to Charles Brown

Leigh R. Webber to Charles Brown
Creator: Webber, L. R.
Date: March 23, 1862
A letter written by Leigh R. Webber from Fort Scott, Kansas, addressed to Charles Brown. Webber expresses frustration at his bad health, the poor weather, and fort life. He wished for the troops to move to territory where they could engage in battle and gain "military glory." Webber describes the unruly behavior of the troops, including violence and drunkenness.


Leigh R. Webber to Senorita Morena (Miss Brown)

Leigh R. Webber to Senorita Morena (Miss Brown)
Creator: Webber, L. R.
Date: April 30, 1862
A letter written by Leigh R. Webber from Fort Riley, Kansas, addressed to "Senorita Morena," or Miss Brown, a daughter of John Stillman Brown, a Unitarian minister who lived west of Lawrence. Webber first praises Fort Riley and describes the surrounding landscape. He goes on to describe fort life, including equipment and food. He also discusses his thoughts on the troops' future plans to march to New Mexico and his efforts to learn Spanish.


Map of the Western States by J. M. Atwood

Map of the Western States by J. M. Atwood
Creator: Ensign, Bridgman & Fanning
Date: 1855
Map detailing the counties and cities in Wisconsin, Michigan, Iowa, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. Detailed illustrations of Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, and St. Louis are found in each corner. 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.


Myra, Grace, and Mary Losey

Myra, Grace, and Mary Losey
Date: 1912
A postcard showing Myra (b. October 7, 1910), Grace (b. July 19, 1902) , and Mary (b. April 29, 1912) Losey taken in Hammond, Wisconsin. Their parents were William Henry and Lillian Maud Plumb Losey. The family lived in Abilene, Kansas until 1925, and then after, in Topeka, Kansas.


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