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Carry Nation's bible

Carry Nation's bible
Creator: Oxford University Press
Date: 1908
Inscribed black leather Bible that belonged to Carry A. Nation, a devout Christian and nationally recognized temperance advocate. The Scottish Home-Workers Association presented this Bible to Nation on December 23, 1908, while she traveled through Great Britain on a speaking tour. Nation, a resident of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, was internationally known for attacking drinking establishments with a hatchet to discourage drinking. Nation was frequently jailed for her acts of vandalism. The inscription in this Bible reads, "Scottish Home-workers Association. Presented to Mrs. Carry Nation at the opening of the first annual Home-workers Exhibition in Glasgow. For services rendered in the interests of Home Industry." On the back pages, Nation made penciled notes regarding certain passages that reference infidels, woman, the curse of wealth, and the Republican Party. Callie Moore, Nation's niece and protégé, accompanied Nation on the British speaking tour and later owned this Bible.


Ginger Beer Bottle from Fort Hays, 14EL301

Ginger Beer Bottle from Fort Hays, 14EL301
Date: 1867-1882
Ginger beer brewing began in England in the 1700s, and was popular in the United States into the early 20th century. It is marked with the bottle maker's mark of "Murray & Buchan Pottery Portobello," potters from Portobello, Scotland, who began manufacturing pottery in 1867. This ginger beer bottle has an oil or ring type finish. This bottle was excavated at Fort Hays in Ellis County in 1966 by Kansas Historical Society archeologists. Fort Hays was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


Governor Thomas Osborn immigration received correspondence

Governor Thomas Osborn immigration received correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873-1876
Governor Thomas Osborn compiled this series of correspondence on immigration issues from letters received while in office from 1873-1877. The letters address many aspects of immigration including the appointment of commissioners; immigration promotion; foreign immigration from Scotland, France, Wales, Europe in general, the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark), and Germany. Domestic immigration is also addressed concerning immigrants from New England, Louisiana, and Tennessee (early Exodusters); and Indian lands.


King George III materials

King George III materials
Creator: George III, King of Great Britain, 1738-1820
Date: 1741-1855, 1941-1970 not inclusive
This collection of materials consists of miscellaneous handwritten and printed copies and originals of documents directed and/or signed by the Hanoverian kings of England of the mid-18th through early 19th centuries. Most of the documents are related to the regulation of madhouses or the insanity of specific individuals, including King George III himself. Other documents are of more general interest, including engraved images of King George III and some of his physicians, two letters from May 1801 regarding troop deployment in Egypt, a 1773 document regarding duties on candle-making and other taxes in Scotland, and the formation of a court martial system.


Murray Pipe Stem from the Baker Store, 14MO701

Murray Pipe Stem from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
This pipe stem was recovered from the Baker Store in Morris County by Emporia State Teacher's College's (now Emporia State University) archeology field school in 1973. The stem advertises "MURRAY" on one side and "ASGOW" on the other side. Murray pipes were by the William Murray firm of Glasgow, Scotland from 1833 to 1861. This pipe was made of white clay, sometimes called pipe or kaolin clay. The Baker Store artifact collection was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker store and nearby house, situated along the Santa Fe trail, were burned in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered at that time.


Women you must help!  Join the Auxiliary Territorial Service

Women you must help! Join the Auxiliary Territorial Service
Date: Between 1939 and 1945
World War II era poster urging women to join the Auxiliary Territorial Service, the women's branch of the British Army.


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