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Family on the front porch of their home in Kansas, 1880

Family on the front porch of their home in Kansas, 1880
Date: 1880
A family of five has their photograph taken on their front porch, probably around the year 1880. One woman is using a large spinning wheel, another woman has a baby on her lap and is using a small one. A little boy is shelling out popcorn into the wire mesh popper.


Flywheels from the Minneapolis Site, 14OT5

Flywheels from the Minneapolis Site, 14OT5
Date: 1232-1409 CE
These two flywheels were likely used for either spinning yarn or to help in drilling holes. Both flywheels were made from broken pottery sherds, reshaped and repurposed for a new function. They were recovered from House 3 at the Minneapolis site, a Smoky Hill phase site occupied during the Middle Ceramic Period, in 1934 by the University of Nebraska and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1987.


Kansas Emergency Relief Committee accomplishments movie

Kansas Emergency Relief Committee accomplishments movie
Creator: Kansas. Emergency Relief Commission
Date: 1936
This motion picture film documents the various work projects completed in Kansas during President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. It begins with an introduction to the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee personnel, starting with the executive director, John G. Stutz. It then shows the various projects across the state, including the construction of farm ponds and lakes as part of the Water Conservation Program, the renovation and construction of courthouses, schools, libraries, and other public buildings, and the weaving and sewing rooms that produced clothing for needy Kansans. It also includes footage of rabbit drives, dust storms, and women sweeping piles of dust out of their homes. Click on the thumbnails below to play each clip. Click on Text Version for a detailed description of each chapter.


Renaissance Fair at Menninger West Campus, Topeka, Kansas

Renaissance Fair at Menninger West Campus, Topeka, Kansas
Date: October 1988
The Activities therapy staff hosted a Renaissance Fair in the fall.


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