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Issue 71, August 2014


images of pittsburg monuments and local cuisineA Taste of Southeast Kansas

September 19 - 20

Join the Kansas Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Foundation on a two-day bus tour to celebrate the unique food and culture of the Little Balkans.

Experience this distinctive part of the state through its food, culture, history, wildlife, and recreational areas. Historical Society Executive Director Jennie Chinn and Director of Cultural Resources Patrick Zollner will team with Historical Foundation Director of Operations Terry Marmet to provide a behind-the-scenes memorable road trip experience. The tour involves easy walking.

The tour begins and ends in Pittsburg. Registration includes all meals, local transportation, tour guides, and performances. Hotel accommodations and transportation to and from Pittsburg are the responsibility of the participant. For details and registration information, visit kshs.org/18914 or contact 785-272-8681, ext. 221; membership@kshs.org.



Two Union soldiers with Kansas map in backgroundThe Great Soldier State: Kansas in the Civil War

October 2, 2014 - May 24, 2015
Kansas Museum of History, Topeka

Frontier Kansas was pivotal in the Union victory. As Kansans impacted the war effort, the war also impacted Kansans. After the war, settlement by hundreds of thousands of veterans who created new towns, businesses, and railroads led Kansas to become known as the Great Soldier State.

This special exhibit tells the Kansas story of the Civil War and features related objects from the Historical Society collections, including the saddle and saber of Colonel John Conover, Eighth Kansas Infantry, and Major General James Blunt's spyglass. Other artifacts include the regimental flag collection and Kansas regimental muster rolls, photographs, and documents.

The Museum is located at 6425 S.W. 6th Avenue, Topeka. For more information, call 785-272-8681.



woman restoring windowLecompton Window Restoration and Weatherization Boot Camp

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. September 15 - 19
Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Lecompton

With instruction from restoration expert Bob Yapp, participants can restore and weatherize nine complete, double-hung windows in Constitution Hall. Learn how to:

  • remove wooden window sashes for repair
  • safely strip old paint and glazing putty
  • repair wooden elements of historic windows

Registration fee of $75 per person provides matexterior view of Constitution Hall State Historic Siteerials, equipment, and lunches. Registration limited to 18 participants. Contractors and traditional carpenters are encouraged to participate. To register, contact the Cultural Resources Division at 785-272-8681, ext. 240; cultural_resources@kshs.org.

Constitution Hall is located at 319 Elmore, Lecompton. Event supported by a generous grant from the Douglas County Heritage Conservation Council.



Kansas Historical Society Headlines

The Preserve Topeka workshop series continues with Loving Your Stuff: Collectibles, August 7; Discovering the Secrets of Your House: Researching Your Historic Property, August 23; Loving Your Stuff: Digital Memories, October 2; Discovering Your Neighborhood: Take an Inventory of Your Historic Neighborhood, October 11.

Movie nights with Sundown Film Festival: Blue Hawaii, August 8; Ferris Bueller's Day Off, September 12, outdoors at Kansas Historical Society, Topeka.

Historical Society archeologists will be available to examine and identify American Indian artifacts at Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site, Republic. August 23

Family friendly games and demonstrations of period skills and crafts at Pony Express Festival, Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site, Hanover. August 31

Freedom Festival at John Brown State Historic Site includes a Civil War medical unit, weapons and drill demonstrations, and modern arts and crafts fair. Osawatomie, September 20 - 21

Día de los Muertos and Continuing the Tradition: Mexican American Folk Arts exhibits, Kansas Historical Society, Topeka. September 20 - November 3

See mountain men and pioneer skills demonstrations when Constitution Hall State Historic Site participates in the Bald Eagle Rendezvous at Bald Eagle River View Park, Lecompton. September 25 - 27

Music, dancing, fun, and games! Museum After Hours: A Night on Madison Avenue, 1960s tunes, September 26; Museum After Hours: A Night With the Kings of Swing, Big Band music, October 12. Kansas Museum of History, Topeka

Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! at Hollenberg Pony Express Station and other participating state historic sites. September 27

Red Rocks State Historic Site, Emporia, will host authors Don Brown and Helen Frost for the William Allen White Children's Book Award. October 3

Mary White will be shown at the Granada Theater, Emporia. Presented by the William Allen White Community Partnership, Inc. October 4

Speaking of Quilts in the special exhibit gallery, Kansas Museum of History, Topeka. Through August 31

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