Kansas Kaleidoscope - August/September 2000
(Volume 4, Number 1)
A fun magazine for kids!
Presidents in Our Kansas Past
Leading America in the Nifty 50s
Dwight D. Eisenhower was president during a time of prosperity for America. The Great Depression of the 30s and the big war of the 40s were over. For most Americans, jobs were plentiful. Many were moving to the suburbs and buying cars and other modern conveniences.
A Proud Place in History: Abilene's Eisenhower Center
"The proudest thing I can say is that I am from Abilene," Dwight D. Eisenhower said as he kicked off his presidential campaign in Abilene in 1952. Ike's Abilene roots were always important to him. When it was time to select a site for his presidential library, the obvious choice was the site of his boyhood home.
America has elected 26 presidents since kansas became a state in 1861. Historical resocrds show that nearly half of those presidents came to Kanas at least one time during their terms. Several others visited the state eight before or after their presidentail terms. Do you know if a president has ever visited your town? Write and tell us your story.
Americans will soon be going to the polls to choose our next president. November 7 is Election Day, and campaigns are already heating up as we get closer to that date.
You Can Vote, Too!
Voting is a right granted to all Americans once they reach the age of 18. It gives each adult citizen a voice in the governments that run our country, our states and our communities.
Lincoln Celebrates Lincoln
"How long should a men's legs be?" someone once asked Abraham Lincoln. "Long enough to reach the floor," was his witty reply.
Lincoln, regarded by many as our country's greatest president, loved to tell stories. Sometimes his stories were for a laugh, others were to drive home a point. Kids and their families have a chance to be around not just one, but many, Abraham Lincolns every February in Lincoln, Kansas. On the Saturday closest to Lincoln's birthday, the town and county named for the president by his childhood friend, roll back the clock to re-enact the 1860s.
Lincoln was campaigning for president when he received a letter from 11-year-old Grace Bedel of Westfield, New York. Grace had written to encourage him to grow a beard. "You would look a great deal better for your face is so thin. . .All the ladies like whiskers, and they would tease their husbands to vote for you, and then you would be president," she wrote.
Charles Curtis: Kansas' Only Vice President
Topekan Charles Curtis made history when he was sworn in as vice president of the United States in 1929. He was the first person of Native American descent and also the first (and only) Kansan to be elected to our country's second-highest office.
A Place in History: Honoring Our Presidents
As cities, towns and counties were settled across Kansas in the 1800s residents often looked to America's presidents for names for their communities.
In This Issue:
- Quiz Kaleidoscope
- Where in Kansas Are You?
- For Parents and Teachers
- For Further Reading
- Letters to the Editor
- Visit History: Kaw Mission State Historic Site
- A Kansan You Should Know: Alf Landon and Bob Dole
- Words to Know
- Answers to Puzzles
- Kaleidoscope Challenge
- Be a Winner!
- Presidential Pets
- Presidential Pooches
- Presidents & Money
- A Little Presidential Math
- Hidden Pictures