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Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas

Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas
Date: August 26, 1985
These five black and white photographs show Cedar Crest, the official residence for the governor of Kansas. The home designed by the architect firm of Wight and Wight was built in 1928 for the newspaper owner and publisher of the Topeka State Journal Frank P. MacLennan. The three-story structure was designed as a French chateau and was built on 244 acres of land northwest of downtown Topeka, Kansas. The mansion was occupied, briefly, by MacLennan before his death in 1933. In 1955, his widow Made Overstreet MacLennan left Cedar Crest and the surrounding land to the state of Kansas upon her death, to be used as the executive residence for the governor of Kansas. After her death in 1955, the home remained unoccupied until the state of Kansas officially accepted the residence in 1961. In 1962, after remodeling of the interior was completed, Governor John Anderson became the first governor to occupy Cedar Crest. In 1998, Cedar Crest under went an eighteenth month renovation at a cost of $4.4 million dollars. When completed in 2000, extensive restoration repairs had been conducted from top to bottom, and inside and out. Today, Cedar Crest still serves as the home for governors and their families.


Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas

Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas
Date: October 1965
An aerial view of the Kansas governor's mansion, Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas. The view was taken from the north side of Cedar Crest looking southwest.


Cedar Crest Topeka, Kansas

Cedar Crest Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1962 and 1972
This colored transparency shows Cedar Crest the official residence for the governor of Kansas. The home designed by the architect firm of Wight and Wight was built in 1928 for the newspaper owner and publisher of the Topeka State Journal Frank P. MacLennan. The three story structure designed as a French chateau, was built on 244 acres of land northwest of Topeka, Kansas. The beautifully designed mansion was briefly occupied by MacLennan before his untimely death in 1933. In 1955, his widow Madge Overstreet MacLennan left Cedar Crest and the surrounding land to the state of Kansas, upon her death, to be used as the executive residence for the governor of Kansas. After her death in 1955, the home remained unoccupied for a number of years until the state of Kansas official accepted the residence in 1961. In 1962 after remodeling plans were completed, to the interior of the home, Governor John Anderson became the first governor to occupy Cedar Crest. As governors came and went, changes in décor were made to the home. In 1998, Cedar Crest under went an eighteenth month renovation at a cost of $4.4 million dollars. When completed in 2000 extensive restoration repairs had been conducted from top to bottom, and inside and out. Today, Cedar Crest still stands as a beautiful home for governors and their families. Free public tours are conducted every Monday afternoon at the mansion.


Debbie Bryant with Governor and Mrs. William Avery

Debbie Bryant with Governor and Mrs. William Avery
Date: 1966
A photograph showing Debbie Bryant, Miss America 1966, posed on the stairs of Cedar Crest with Governor and Mrs. William Henry Avery and military officers.


Frank Pitts MacLennan

Frank Pitts MacLennan
Creator: Parkinson, New York
Date: Between 1880 and 1933
These four photographs show newspaper editor and publisher Frank Pitts MacLennan, 1855-1933, a native of Springfield, Ohio. Frank moved with his family to Emporia, Kansas in 1870 and began his newspaper career by working for the Emporia Daily News in 1877. He worked in the "mechanical, reportorial, business, and editorial" departments before becoming an equal partner in the Emporia Daily News in 1880. He later sold his interest in the paper in 1885. On October 30,1885, MacLennan purchased the Topeka State Journal, the official state paper of Kansas and the city of Topeka, Kansas. He served as the editor and publisher until he passed away at the age of seventy-eight on November 18, 1933. In 1955 MacLennan's widow Margaret "Madge" Overstreet MacLennan bequeathed their home, Cedar Crest, and the surrounding land to the state of Kansas to be used as the executive residence for the governor of Kansas.


Governor and Mrs. William Henry Avery

Governor and Mrs. William Henry Avery
Date: Between 1965 and 1967
Governor and Mrs. William Henry Avery hosting a reception at Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas.


Governor and Mrs. William Henry Avery at Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas

Governor and Mrs. William Henry Avery at Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1965 and 1966
A photograph showing Governor and Mrs. William Henry Avery standing in the doorway of Cedar Crest in Topeka, Kansas. Avery was born August 11, 1911 near Wakefield, Kansas, and graduated from Wakefield High School and the University of Kansas. In 1964, Avery was elected the 37th governor of Kansas. He served one term as governor, losing a re-election bid to Robert Docking in 1966.


Governor and Mrs. William Henry Avery at Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas

Governor and Mrs. William Henry Avery at Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1965 and 1966
A photograph showing Governor and Mrs. William Henry Avery in the living room of Cedar Crest in Topeka, Kansas. Avery was born August 11, 191, near Wakefield, Kansas, and graduated from Wakefield High School and the University of Kansas. In 1964, Avery was elected the 37th governor of Kansas. He served one term as governor, losing a re-election bid to Robert Docking in 1966.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Governor's mansion

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Governor's mansion
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the Governor's mansion which is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Hazel Vivian Bowles Avery

Hazel Vivian Bowles Avery
Date: Between 1965 and 1967
A photograph showing Hazel Vivian Bowles Avery, wife of Kansas Governor William Henry Avery, with several unidentified women at either a luncheon or dinner. The gathering was held at the Kansas Governor's mansion, Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas.


Jack Ozegovic and Ramona Carlin at Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas

Jack Ozegovic and Ramona Carlin at Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas
Date: January 09, 1979
Four photographs of Jack Ozegovic and Ramona Carlin at Cedar Crest in Topeka, Kansas. Ramona Hawkinson married John Carlin in 1962. When he was elected as 40th governor of Kansas, she became First Lady, serving from 1979 to 1980. John and Ramona Carlin divorced in November 15, 1980. Jack Ozegovic was husband to Ann Carlin, sister of John Carlin. Both Jack and Ann died in December 2018.


John Michael (Mike) Hayden, Kansas Governor

John Michael (Mike) Hayden, Kansas Governor
Date: Between 1987 and 1991
A photograph capturing Kansas Governor Mike Hayden with a group of children in front of Cedar Crest in Topeka, Kansas, celebrating Arbor Day or an Easter Egg Hunt during his administration from 1987 to 1991. Born in Atwood, Kansas, Hayden entered politics after a decorated career in the military where he held multiple offices from 1962 forward. Hayden returned to Kansas after pursuing politics in Washington, D. C. in 2002, as the Secretary of Wildlife and Parks.


Kansas governor's mansion, Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas

Kansas governor's mansion, Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1965
A photograph showing two automobiles parked in front of the Kansas governor's mansion, Cedar Crest, Topeka, Kansas.


Margaret Jane "Madge" Overstreet MacLennan

Margaret Jane "Madge" Overstreet MacLennan
Date: Between 1921 and 1951
These two photographs show Margaret Jane "Madge" Overstreet MacLennan, 1863-1955, the wife of newspaper editor and publisher Frank P. MacLennan. In 1928 the couple built a three-story French chateau home, designed by Wight and Wight, on 244 acres of land northwest of Topeka, Kansas. The mansion, referred to as "Cedar Crest" because of its location on the crest of a hill overlooking a valley of cedar trees, was briefly occupied by Mr. MacLennan before his death in 1933. In 1955 "Madge" bequeathed Cedar Crest and the surrounding land to the state of Kansas to be used as the executive residence for the governor of Kansas. The residence was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982.


Mrs. Andrew Schoeppel canning in the Kansas Governor's mansion in Topeka, Kansas

Mrs. Andrew Schoeppel canning in the Kansas Governor's mansion in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolfe Commercial Photo Service
Date: 1944
This is a photograph of Marie Schoeppel, wife of Governor Andrew Schoeppel, canning vegetables and fruit in the Kansas Governor's mansion in Topeka, Kansas. During World War II, families were encouraged to start victory gardens, caning the produce when food was being rationed.


Nyle H. Miller to Pauline Beatty

Nyle H. Miller to Pauline Beatty
Date: January 05, 1965
This letter is from Nyle H. Miller, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas to Mrs. Marion Beatty of Topeka, Kansas. Miller is thanking Mrs. Beatty for her report on two paintings at Cedar Crest, the official residence for the governor of Kansas.


President Gerald Ford and Kansas Governor Robert Bennett

President Gerald Ford and Kansas Governor Robert Bennett
Date: February 11, 1975
This color photograph shows the thirty-eighth President of the United States Gerald Ford and Kansas Governor Robert Bennett in front of Cedar Crest, the official residence of the governor in Topeka, Kansas. On February 11, 1975, President Ford arrived in Topeka to speak before the Kansas Legislator about his economic and energy programs. Later in the day, the president met with ten Midwest governors at Cedar Crest for a working luncheon to discuss proposals for strengthening the Nation's economy and reducing America's dependency on oil from the Middle East.


Request to Use Tennis Courts Behind Governor's Mansion

Request to Use Tennis Courts Behind Governor's Mansion
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: February 16, 1915
The Hall Lithographing Co. is asking, and receives, permission to play the upcoming Spring and Summer season on the tennis courts behind the Governor's mansion. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


William Henry Avery and family

William Henry Avery and family
Date: 1966
A photograph of Governor William Henry Avery and his family on the snow covered lawn in front of the Governor's mansion, Cedar Crest. The photograph was used on the Governor's Christmas card. Avery was born August 11, 1911 near Wakefield, Kansas, and graduated from Wakefield High School and the University of Kansas. A Republican, Avery served in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1950 to 1955. In 1954, he was elected to the United States House of Representatives and served until 1964. During his 10 years in Congress, he served on numerous committees. In 1964, Avery was elected the 37th governor of Kansas. He served one term as governor, losing a re-election bid to Robert Docking in 1966. After an unsuccessful bid for the United States Senate, Avery returned to private life.


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