Kansas Day at the Museum 2011
Kansas students and teachers celebrate Kansas' 150th birthday in 2011!
The Kansas Historical Society thanks everyone who took part in this sesquicentennial event.
Check back later for information about Kansas Day 2012!
Governor Sam Brownback welcomed students and teachers to Kansas Day at the Museum. With help from a student, a birthday cake donated by Dillons, and a chorus of "Happy Birthday" he helped celebrate Kansas's 150th birthday.
Artisans demonstrated historic skills, and talked about the importance of these in the lives of people. Students tried their hand at carding wool and other crafts.
Students explored Kansas history with activities tied to the Kansas Academic Standards. They compared the Santa Fe Trail and the Oregon and California Trails; searched for fossils in Northeast Kansas limestone; examined cultures that lived here long ago through experimental archeology; and voted online for their favorite famous Kansan, and more. Amelia Earhart received 45 percent of the vote and became the day's favorite famous Kansan!
Performers entertained and educated visitors.
High school students from Topeka High School and Shawnee Heights High School shared their time and talents with visitors.