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Issue 79, September 2014

Two photos: three girls dancing in traditional Mexican dresses and a rock formationDiscovering Kansas
A Student Photo Contest

Contest ends October 31, 2014

Students across Kansas are invited to discover and celebrate the people and places of Kansas through photographs. The photo contest is open to Kansas students from first through 12th grade, with one first place and one second place awarded for each grade. First place prize is an iPad, and second place is a Kindle.

Entries must be submitted electronically and available for viewing online by the general public by 11:59 p.m. October 31, 2014. Winners will be announced as part of the state's 154th birthday celebration on January 29, 2015, at the Kansas State Capitol in Topeka. For more information, visit kshs.org/happy_birthday_ks.

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Stach School with teacher and children playing in yard.Class Trips to Kansas Museum of History

Book your field trip today!

American Indian homes, the Civil War, and the Oregon Trail are among the many guided and self-guided tours available at the Kansas Museum of History, Topeka. A perennial favorite with students is the Rural School Days program presented in Stach School, the 1920s one-room school located on the Museum grounds. Students can participate in a spelling bee, work arithmetic problems on a slate board, and play Annie Over at recess.

Visit kshs.org/16792 to find the best program for your students. For tour reservations, call 785-272-8681, ext. 415.

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exterior of Red Rocks State Historic SiteExperience William Allen White at Red Rocks State Historic Site

Grade specific tours focus on life of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist

Students can learn about the life and times of William Allen White at his home in Emporia. The tours address grade specific standards and provide pre-and post-visit material to help teachers meet those standards. Three tours are offered to school groups at Red Rocks:

  • Hats Off to William Allen White is geared toward fourth graders. Students hear about White and his family as they tour the house.
  • William Allen White and the Reform Era features White and four fellow reformers who often visited his home. Middle school students learn about the work of these Kansans and how they attempted to correct the perceived wrongs of the time.
  • Taking a Stand: The Writings of William Allen White offers high school students the opportunity to take a stand on one of the three issues important to White: the Populist Party, the Court of Industrial Relations, or the influence of the Ku Klux Klan.

For more information and to make tour reservations, contact 620-342-2800 or redrocks@kshs.org.

Schedule a Class Trip and Step Into History

Student tours are offered at the Kansas State Capitol and several Kansas state historic sites. For more information, visit kshs.org.

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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.

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

Meet Kansas Territorial Characters provides students with first-person portrayals of notable Kansans from the territorial era. Schedule a performance at Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Lecompton.

Published authors, illustrators, and poets will attend the Kansas Book Festival, held on the grounds and inside the Kansas State Capitol. September 13

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

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

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

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

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

Best Practices in History Education Conference at World War I Museum, Kansas City, Missouri. September 25 - 26

Conference for the Kansas Association for Middle Level Educators (KAMLE) at Washburn Rural Middle School, Topeka. September 26

Teacher Appreciation Evening at Kansas State Capitol, Topeka. November 6

Kansas Historical Society calendar of events.

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