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Altgeld's great speech

Altgeld's great speech
Creator: Altgeld, John P.
Date: 1898
A speech delivered by John P. Altgeld to the working men of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on Labor Day, 1897. Altgeld's idea was that government ownership is the remedy for the nation's existing troubles.


Blackhoof or Catahecassa, the famous Shawnee Chief

Blackhoof or Catahecassa, the famous Shawnee Chief
Date: February 19, 1907
This item provides a detailed history of the Shawnee Native American warrior Blackhook (Catahecassa). Born in Florida, Blackhoof moved with his tribe as it was pushed north and west during the early expansion of Colonial America and, later, the United States.


Boston Corbett

Boston Corbett
Date: 1876
A ticket for the Centennial International Exhibition held in Philadelphia with a photograph of Boston Corbett in the middle. Thomas P. "Boston" Corbett was the Union Army soldier who killed Abraham Lincoln's assassin, John Wilkes Booth. Corbett, who homesteaded near Concordia, Kansas in the late 1870s, was hired as a doorkeeper for the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka, Kansas. On February 15, 1887, while performing his doorkeeper duties, Corbett pulled a pistol and unofficially adjourned the House. He was disarmed by local police, declared insane, and committed to the State Insane Asylum in Topeka. He escaped a year later.


Cherry pitter

Cherry pitter
Creator: Enterprise Manufacturing Company
Date: between 1883 and 1900
Cast iron cherry pitter. Enterprise Manufacturing Company of Philiadelphia, Model No. 1. Patent April 24, 1883. Hand crank. Clamp for mounting to countertop. From the household of Timon Covert (1883-1960). Covert, born near Madison, Kansas, was an educator in both Greenwood and Lyon Counties.


Coffee mill

Coffee mill
Date: between 1898 and 1910
Enterprise Manufacturing coffee mill, patent date 1898. The cast iron mill is painted red and decorated with numerous decals. It sits on a wooden base with a drawer. This mill was used at the J.J. Kane General Merchandise store in Rock Creek, Kansas.


Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday
Creator: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
Date: October 17, 1856
Three days after the Pennsylvania state election, Cyrus K. Holliday wrote from Monongahela House, a hotel in Pittsburgh, PA to his wife, Mary Holliday, in Meadville. The election results were unofficial, and Cyrus hoped that John C. Fremont, republican presidential candidate, had won at least by a slim majority, if not by the expected large margin. Concerned about the November 4th national election, Cyrus anticipated fraud in Kansas Territory and prayed that the people would "do right." He mentioned the counties in which he had spoken; his next stop, Philadelphia; and his planned return to counties near Meadville.


Exchange of Flags Between Kansas & Philadelphia

Exchange of Flags Between Kansas & Philadelphia
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: 1915
This file includes general correspondence relating to the exchange of flags between Kansas and Philadelphia. Topics included, but not limited to, in the correspondence is Kansas Statehood birthday, exchanging state flags with Philadelphia to commemorate the work of President Abraham Lincoln, and arrangements organizing the flag exchange. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Fred Moore to Arthur Capper

Fred Moore to Arthur Capper
Creator: Moore, Fred Atkins
Date: February 26, 1937
In this letter to Senator Arthur Capper, Fred Atkins Moore of the Emergency Peace Campaign, attempts to persuade Capper that he should throw his support behind the peace campaign because of Capper's "clearly evidenced concern about taking those steps that will prevent the United States from being drawn into another foreign war.


George Jacobs to Governor Henry Allen

George Jacobs to Governor Henry Allen
Creator: Jacobs, George W.
Date: February 16, 1920
Publisher George Jacobs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, writes to Kansas Governor Henry J. Allen of Topeka, Kansas, about the recent creation of the Kansas Court of Industrial Relations. Jacobs had earlier suggested the creation of a state and national court system designed to settle labor and capital disputes. In this letter, Jacobs requests further information about the Kansas law and thanks the governor "for any courtesy you may show in this connection."


Henry Worrall United States International Exhibition ticket

Henry Worrall United States International Exhibition ticket
Date: Between May 10, 1876 and November 10, 1876
This ticket was issued to Henry Worrall for one daily admission to the United States International Exhibition held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The event celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.


Hiram Hill to Charles A. Wright

Hiram Hill to Charles A. Wright
Creator: Hill, Hiram, 1804-
Date: June 18, 1856
Hiram Hill wrote from Williamsburg, Massachusetts, to Charles Wright in Kansas Territory. Hill expressed disbelief at the reports of violence and destruction that crossed his ears, but accepted them to be true based on his experiences in Missouri the previous winter. To Hill, it appeared that they would have to "take the field to Regain our Liberties that have been struck down". He also referred to actions of the National Republican Convention in Philadelphia (which named John Fremont as their presidential candidate) and dubbed the nomination "their only hope -- short of a Bloody Revolution".


James N. Gloucester to John Brown

James N. Gloucester to John Brown
Creator: Gloucester, James N.
Date: February 19, 1858
A letter from James N. Gloucester, Philadelphia, PA to John Brown. Gloucester, the son of a former slave, writes in support of Brown's efforts to free slaves. He feels that African American people are impulsive and they need leadership to distinguish their proper course. Gloucester invites Brown to stay at his house.


James N. Gloucester to John Brown

James N. Gloucester to John Brown
Creator: Gloucester, James N.
Date: March 09, 1858
A letter from James N. Gloucester, Brooklyn, New York, to John Brown. Gloucester, the son of a former slave, sends his regrets that he cannot attend a meeting in Philadelphia and hopes Brown finds money and support for his cause to abolish slavery. Also, he writes that black men north and south of the Mason and Dixon line, whatever their wealth and position, are not free. Gloucester asks Brown to read the letter to the assemblage if he thinks it will help. A typed transcription is also included.


Kansas & Philadelphia flag exchange

Kansas & Philadelphia flag exchange
Date: February 12, 1915
This document and photograph illustrates a trade flags between Kansas and Pennsylvania. The photograph shows a United States flag sent from Kansas to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, commemorating Kansas' admission into the Union in 1861. The exchange of flags was conducted by Mayor Rudolph Blankenburg on February 12, 1915 at Independence Hall. The respected flags were flown on George Washington's birthday, February 22, 1915, and in commemoration of President Abraham Lincoln's speech on February 22, 1861 at the Kansas Capitol and at Independence Hall. The men holding the flag have been identified according to caption on the reverse of the image.


Kansas Civil War Centennial correspondence

Kansas Civil War Centennial correspondence
Date: 1960-1961
This collection consists of incoming and outgoing correspondence, news releases, addresses and remarks, logistical and planning materials, invitations and confirmations or declinations, copies of historic materials and other reference materials, and other such records related to the Kansas Civil War Centennial Commission, of which Alan W. Farley was member and chairman of this particular activity. The records specifically relate to the centennial celebrations held at Independence Hall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, re-enacting Kansas' entry into the United States and flag-raising as the 34th state in 1861. The documents are mostly arranged roughly in reverse chronological order and include correspondence with various militia units and patriotic organizations. Kansas was celebrating the centennial of statehood in 1961, also, so there is some communication with the Centennial Commission in this correspondence.


Kansas State Exhibit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kansas State Exhibit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date: September 14, 1876
This is a stereograph showing the Kansas State Exhibit at the National Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The forefront of this photograph shows agricultural produce in the shape of the Topeka Capital building. In the background, one can see an 'Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad Display' banner.


Kansas State Exposition Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Kansas State Exposition Building, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date: 1876
This is an engraving of the Kansas Exposition building during the National Centennial Exposition held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Centennial was the nation's first world fair and celebrated the signing of the Declaration of Independence.


Lafayette slippers

Lafayette slippers
Date: between 1775 and 1805
Pair of hand-sewn silk slippers with cotton lining and leather outsole. Worn by a young woman at a ball given in honor of Marquis de Lafayette in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1784. The Marquis was a notable figure during the American Revolution, fighting on the side of the Americans.


M.H. Turner to Kirke Mechem

M.H. Turner to Kirke Mechem
Creator: Turner, M.H.
Date: December 15, 1938
In this letter to Kansas State Historical Society secretary Kirke Mechem, Presbyterian Historical Society librarian M.H. Turner informs Mechem that she has searched for information regarding the printing press used at the Iowa and Sac Mission that Reverend Samuel M. Irvin worked at as a missionary, teacher, and makeshift surgeon. Turner explains that she found some information but "nothing about the press in the reports" of the Western Foreign Missionary Society.


Mary Holliday to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday

Mary Holliday to Cyrus Kurtz Holliday
Creator: Holliday, Mary Dillon, 1833-1908
Date: October 23, 1856
Mary Holliday of Meadville, Pennsylvania, wrote to her husband, Cyrus K. Holliday, likely at Philadelphia. She had returned from a trip to Wooster, Ohio. She reported improved Kansas Territory conditions from one of William D. Paul's letters. Mary was eager to leave for K. T., especially since many Meadville children, including Lillie, were ill, and requested that Cyrus buy household articles. Mary reported that McFarland of Democrat James Buchanan's campaign had bribed voters. Could women vote, John C. Fremont would be elected, she declared. She enclosed a letter to free state governor William Y. Roberts and instructed him to visit Charley Ottinger.


Mitchell's Travellers Guide through the United States

Mitchell's Travellers Guide through the United States
Creator: Mitchell, Samuel Augustus
Date: 1834
Map of the United States showing roads, distances, steam boat and canal routes. The vicinities of major cities are inset, including Cincinnati, Albany, New Orleans, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Charleston, and Washington, D. C. Towns are indexed on the back of the map. 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.


New England Emigrant Aid Company, Annual Meeting Minutes

New England Emigrant Aid Company, Annual Meeting Minutes
Creator: New England Emigrant Aid Company
Date: March 5, 1855 - May 29, 1860
Proceedings of the New England Emigrant Aid Company stockholders meetings. The meetings typically involved the election of officers, a treasurer's report, consideration of resolutions, and an assessment of the company's prospects in Kansas. The minutes for the first meeting of the New England Emigrant Aid Company (March 5, 1855) included the corporation by-laws.


Philadelphia Centennial Exposition

Philadelphia Centennial Exposition
Creator: Kansas. Board of Centennial Managers
Date: 1876
An illustration depicting the Colorado display in the west wing of the Kansas and Colorado Building at the Philadelphia Centennial Exposition. The illustration was copied from Kansas at the Centennial, Report of the Centennial Managers.


Ray Newton to Arthur Capper

Ray Newton to Arthur Capper
Creator: Newton, Ray
Date: September 01, 1937
In this letter from Ray Newton, Excutive Director of the Emergency Peace Campaign, to Senator Arthur Capper, Newton attempts to convey the importance of "World Economic Cooperation" in order for the U.S. to avoid becoming drawn into another world conflict.


Robert Simerwell, report to the American Baptist Publication Society

Robert Simerwell, report to the American Baptist Publication Society
Creator: Simerwell, Robert, 1786-1868
Date: May 1860
Robert Simerwell, a missionary colporteur for the American Baptist Publication Society, sent this report to the national headquarters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Although he had been suffering with an illness, Simerwell still managed to distribute some religious literature. He was also planning on attending an organizational meeting for a church on Mission Creek, and he seemed encouraged by Kansan's eagerness to participate in Sunday School.


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