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Issue 80, November 2014

Two Union soldiers placed in front of a Civil War era Kansas mapThe Great Soldier State: Kansas in the Civil War

Through May 24, 2015
Kansas Museum of History

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 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka. For more information, call 785-272-8681.


Albert Ellis Birch portrait. He's wearing military uniform.World War I Biographies on Kansas Memory

After World War I the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning Kansas veterans and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records.

The soldier pictured here is Albert Ellis Birch from Lawrence. He served in Company A, 342nd Machine Gun Battalion. He was killed in action November 11, 1918--the day the cease fire was called. Birch's mother submitted his information, available on Kansas Memory.

More biographies from World War I soldiers can be viewed on Kansas Memory.


Reenactor portraying James Lane.Kansas Territorial Characters Performance

Students can participate in a 1850s territorial town hall political meeting at Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Lecompton. The Lecompton Reenactors will portray notable people from the Bleeding Kansas era as they passionately discuss the slavery issue. The group can also perform on-site at schools within one hour drive of Constitution Hall. To schedule a performance, contact 785-887-6520, consthall@kshs.org.


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Holiday events will be held at several state historic sites. For more information, visit kshs.org.

Kansas Day, January 29, will be commemorated at the Kansas Museum of History, Kansas State Capitol, and several state historic sites. Visit kshs.org for details as the day nears.

The Bleeding Kansas 2015 Series at Constitution Hall begins with a Kansas Day commemoration The Kansas Statehouse Restoration. January 25

Bring history to your classroom with a traveling resource trunk. Reserve now for your Kansas Day lesson.

Resources for National History Day are available at kshs.org.

Professional in-service development sessions help teachers integrate Kansas social studies standards. Presenter is trained and endorsed by the Kansas Department of Education in the area of social studies, formative assessment, and integration strategies.

Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority offers transportation to USD 501 schools visiting Kansas Museum of History.

Kansas Historical Society calendar of events.


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