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Kansas Kaleidoscope - September 1998

(Volume 2, Number 1)

A fun magazine for kids!

Kansas Kaleidoscope, September 1998 SETTLEMENT IN KANSAS

After the Civil War and before 1890, the population of Kansas increased by the greatest amount in its history. More than a million people streamed into Kansas seeking a new life on the frontier. Read on to learn more about settlers and their hardships and happiness.

Prairie Home Puzzle

Use the clues to complete the crossword puzzle

160 Acres for Free!

If you had ancestors in Kansas more than 130 years ago, there's a good chance they came to claim the free land offered to settlers by the Homestead Act passed by the U.S. Congress in 1862.

Building Communities in Kansas

During the settlement period, some immigrants preferred to settle in communities with people who shared the same culture and language. Learn more about four special groups:

  • An English Settlement
  • A Jewish Community
  • A Socialist Colony
  • An African-American Town


  • Grasshoppers, Grasshoppers, Everywhere!

Early pioneers faced obstacles including drought and periods when money was scarce.

Home Sweet Home Eek! Yikes! Wow!

Faced with a shortage of lumber and supplies, many settlers turned to the earth.

A Pioneer Family's Story

Although Flora Moorman Heston lived only briefly on the Kansas plains, she made an important contribution to our state's history as did all those who came to settle the West.

From Vietnam to Garden City: A Modern Immigrant's Story

For many years, people from other countries have been moving to Kansas.

They Used What for Fuel?!

Early pioneers tried several substitutes for wood in their stoves before settling on an unlikely, but highly effective, choice.