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Alpha Kappa Alpha bracelet

Alpha Kappa Alpha bracelet
Date: 1953
Silver metal charm bracelet of the shield and symbols of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Kappa Alpha is a traditional black sorority. This bracelet was a souvenir of 1953 National Convention of the AKA Sorority and was worn by Mamie Williams at local meetings and at Boule 1953-1956.


Brass Bracelet from the Mahaffie Farmstead and Stagecoach Stop, 14JO356

Brass Bracelet from the Mahaffie Farmstead and Stagecoach Stop, 14JO356
Date: 1858-1886
The brass fragments shown here came from a single bracelet that was recovered during excavations in 1988 during a joint venture between Kansas Historical Society archeologists, Kansas Anthropological Association volunteers, and the City of Olathe. There are very few hints of the delicate bracelet's former shine. The Mahaffie Farmstead and Stagecoach Stop was the residence and out buildings of James and Lucinda Mahaffie, built in 1858. The farmstead later served as a stagecoach stop on the Santa Fe trail.


Brass Bracelet from the Village on Pawnee Fork, 14NS403

Brass Bracelet from the Village on Pawnee Fork, 14NS403
Date: 1867
This bracelet was fashioned out of a brass wire. The bracelet was recovered from the Village on the Pawnee Fork in Ness County during excavations in 1977. The site was home to several hundred Southern Cheyenne and Southern Teton Oglala. It was destroyed by order of Major General Winifred S. Hancock in 1867. The Village on Pawnee Fork is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


Copper Bracelet

Copper Bracelet
Date: Unknown
This copper bracelet was perhaps manufactured as a trade item. It is decorated in a series of lines nearly encircling the bracelet. When it arrived in the collections of the Kansas Historical Society it either had no or had lost its provenience, its record of ownership. While this is disappointing it does not mean the bracelet has lost all of its utility and value. It can still be used for teaching purposes as an example of an early trade item in Kansas.


Silver Bracelets

Silver Bracelets
Date: 1852 - 1900
These four silver bracelets were donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1920, along with a note that they were purchased in "Indian Territory." The four bracelets were manufactured in what is called open style. Two different geometric designs were stamped on a each pair of bracelets.


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