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A traveling group of entertainers from Sharon Springs at Tribune, Greeley County, Kansas

A traveling group of entertainers from Sharon Springs at Tribune, Greeley County, Kansas
Date: 1925
A traveling group of actors from Sharon Springs, Kansas perform at Tribune, Greeley County, Kansas in June 1925.


Buster Brown show at Star Mercantile in Alta Vista, Kansas

Buster Brown show at Star Mercantile in Alta Vista, Kansas
Date: 1905-1910
Exterior photograph of the Star Mercantile in Alta Vista, Kansas, as a group of people watch a scene from a Buster Brown show. The Brown Shoe Company hired an actor to travel the country drawing crowds at stores which sold the brand of shoes.


Central Congregational Church play programs

Central Congregational Church play programs
Date: 1910-1947
These are programs for plays presented by the Central Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas, including In His Steps, The High Calling, Betty Lee's Adventure, Fifty-Fifty, Today and Tomorrow, The Silent Harp, and Investments in Men.


Charles Robinson to Sara Robinson

Charles Robinson to Sara Robinson
Creator: Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894
Date: January 25, 1860
A letter written by Charles Robinson, from Boston, Massachusetts, to his wife, Sara Tappan Doolittle Robinson. He writes about attending Octoroon, a play about slavery, and his feelings for the "infernal institution of slavery." Robinson thinks the play conveys a true picture of conditions in the South. A searchable, full-text version of this letter is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Freudian Follies at the Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas

Freudian Follies at the Menninger Clinic, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1951-1991
After four years of training in psychiatry, the Menninger psychiatric residents put on a show spoofing the program, the clinic, the faculty, psychiatric and psychoanalytic theory and the whole world. These black and white photographs show some of the silly fun over the years.


Haskell Institute drama production, Lawrence, Kansas

Haskell Institute drama production, Lawrence, Kansas
Creator: Lawrence Studio
Date: 1922
A photograph showing a scene from "Hiawatha" presented by Haskell Institute students.


Hiawatha. A drama in five acts

Hiawatha. A drama in five acts
Date: Between June 14, 1915 and June 15, 1915
Program "Hiawatha" : A Drama in Five Acts presented by students of Haskell Institute, Lawrence, Kansas.


Jayhawk Theater, Topeka, Kansas

Jayhawk Theater, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1938 and 1939
This photograph of the Jayhawk Theater in Topeka, Kansas shows the marquee advertising the movie "Thanks for the Memory" staring Bob Hope.


Jayhawk Theater, Topeka, Kansas

Jayhawk Theater, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1926 and 1936
This set of photographs show various rooms inside the Jayhawk Theater in Topeka, Kansas. The 1,500 seat theater located at 720 SW Jackson Street opened to the public on August 16, 1926. For a number of years the facility hosted movies, live performances, concerts and pageants. In 1974 the theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, due to changing times in the entertainment industry the Jayhawk Theater closed its doors in May of 1976. In 1993 the Kansas Legislature recognized the Jayhawk Theater as the state theater of Kansas.


Jayhawk Theater auditorium photograph

Jayhawk Theater auditorium photograph
Creator: Harrison, Paul
Date: Between 1926 and 1936
This photograph shows the auditorium of the Jayhawk Theater in Topeka, Kansas. The 1,500 seat theater located at 720 SW Jackson Street opened to the public on August 16, 1926. For a number of years the facility hosted movies, live performances, concerts and pageants. In 1974 the theater was listed on the National Register of Historic Places. However, due to changing times in the entertainment industry the Jayhawk Theater closed its doors in May of 1976. In 1993 the Kansas Legislature recognized the Jayhawk Theater as the state theater of Kansas.


L. W. Halbe collection

L. W. Halbe collection
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: 1908-1912
The L. W. (Leslie Winfield) Halbe photo collection consists of 1500 glass plate negatives produced by Halbe during his teenage years. Halbe lived in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas, and began taking photographs of the region with an inexpensive Sears and Roebuck camera when he was fifteen years old.


Midsummer Nights Dream at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas

Midsummer Nights Dream at Washburn University, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1888
These Washburn University students are presenting the play "Midsummer Night's Dream."


Noah Allen to Governor John St. John

Noah Allen to Governor John St. John
Creator: Allen, Noah
Date: April 02, 1880
This letter from Noah Allen, an attorney in Wichita, invites Kansas Governor St. John to speak to a Sedgwick County audience on prohibition on April 14, 1880, and promises that the Governor may see a performance of the "Union Spy" by "our boys".


Oztober Fest in Wamego, Kansas

Oztober Fest in Wamego, Kansas
Creator: Stratton, Marc
Date: October 2009
Eight photographs showing Oztober Fest in Wamego, Kansas. The first weekend in October, the Road to Oz, otherwise known as Highway 99 and Lincoln Avenue, closes down to celebrate one of America's best known fairy tales -- The Wizard of Oz. The Columbian Theatre features an annual live production with an Oz theme. The event is organized by the Oz Museum.


Photograph album with views of Kansas and Missouri

Photograph album with views of Kansas and Missouri
Date: 1906
This album contains photographs of Pastime Theatre; agriculture scenes; livestock; Lenexa Amusement Company; Lenexa Vaudeville Company; Union Pacific motor car; baseball; Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe train; depots; motor train; Lenexa Mill; Missouri & Kansas Interurban; Lenexa street scenes and businesses; rural school; judges of the first city election in Lenexa, Kansas; views of Mahaska, Kansas; Central Wesleyan College, Warrenton, Missouri; and views of various Missouri towns.


Scenes of Sherman County, Kansas

Scenes of Sherman County, Kansas
Date: 1890-1930
Multiple scenes of Sherman County, Kansas.


Scenes of Sherman County, Kansas

Scenes of Sherman County, Kansas
Date: 1890-1930
Multiple scenes of Sherman County, Kansas.


School children dressed in costume, Alma, Kansas

School children dressed in costume, Alma, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1895
A studio photograph showing a group of children dressed in costumes for a play or performance in Alma, Kansas. Some of the children are identified as Hulda Noller, Arthur Sutherland, Josie Wertzberger, Edwin Nicholson, Flossie Morton, Clara Meyer, Laura Liness, Mary Kast, Olga Schubert, Clara Rock, Mary Kraus, and Lena Degenhart.


Splendor in the Grass lobby card

Splendor in the Grass lobby card
Creator: Warner Brothers Pictures
Date: 1961
This polychrome-lithographed lobby card advertises the film "Splendor in the Grass." The screenplay for the 1961 film was written by William Inge and based on his personal experience growing up in Independence, Kansas. Inge won an Academy Award for this film.


Students from the "Spirit of 76" school, Grantville, Kansas

Students from the "Spirit of 76" school, Grantville, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1932
Group of children from the "Spirit of 76" one-room school, Grantville, Kansas, dressed for a George Washington play. The photograph was taken in front of the Grantville Methodist Church.


Students in a play at Riley Grade School in Independence, Kansas

Students in a play at Riley Grade School in Independence, Kansas
Creator: Huff
Date: 1952
This is a photograph showing students in a play titled When Spring Was Late at Riley Grade School in Independence, Kansas. To the left of the center group is Bob Davis portraying the "March Wind" and to the right of the center group is Rick Goheen as the "March Hare". Mrs. Showmaker was the second grade teacher.


Studio portrait of Laura Palenske

Studio portrait of Laura Palenske
Creator: Meier, Gustav H., 1865-1941
Date: Around 1908
This is a studio portrait cabinet card of Laura Palenske dressed in costume as a butterfly. On the reverse of the card it reads, "Laura 2nd Grade." Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


The Kansas story

The Kansas story
Creator: Rosing, Vladimir, 1890-1963
Date: 1961
A selection from a sound recording of the theatrical production The Kansas Story. This play was produced by the Kansas Centennial Commission for the Kansas centennial celebration in 1961. It was written and directed by Vladimir Rosing with music by Meredith Willson and Frank Allen Hubbell. This ten minute selection addressed Cyrus K. Holliday; the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad an railroad expansion; the rise of the cow towns and the cattle industry; Abilene; the death of Ed Masterson; Dance Halls; immigration; the conflict between cattlemen and farmers; and ends with the song "My state, my Kansas."


The Kansas story

The Kansas story
Creator: Kansas. Centennial Commission
Date: 1961
The official program, produced by the Kansas Centennial Commission, for the performance of "The Kansas Story". This play was created for the Kansas Centennial Celebration in 1961. It was written and directed by Vladimir Rosing, with music by Meredith Willson and Frank Allen Hubbell.


The White Wolf, or the Lous of Brittainy: A Drama in Five Acts by Kate Lucy Edwards Swayze

The White Wolf, or the Lous of Brittainy: A Drama in Five Acts by Kate Lucy Edwards Swayze
Creator: Swayze, J. C., Mrs
Date: March 16, 1859
This is a play titled "The White Wolf, or the Lous of Brittainy: A Drama in Five Acts" written by Kate Lucy Edwards Swayze. The play includes some stage directions and is part of a collection that consists of four handwritten play scripts.


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