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Issue 74, February 2015

Woman applying linseed oil to wooden window frame.Window Restoration and Weatherization Boot Camp

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. April 7 - 10
Constitution Hall State Historic Site

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

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

No special skills required--just a desire to learn. Registration fee of $75 per person provides materials, equipment, and lunches. Workshop limited to 18 participants. Registration deadline is March 6, 2015. To register, contact the Cultural Resources Division of the Kansas Historical Society at 785-272-8681, ext. 240; cultural_resources@kshs.org.


Uncertain Welcome paintingZebulon Pike: Southwest Expedition of 1806 - 1807

Through April 30
Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site, Republic

In 1806 explorer Zebulon Pike and his small party convinced the Kitkehahki Pawnee to lower the Spanish flag and raise the American flag. The historic event is commemorated in this special exhibit. Artifacts, paintings, maps, and photographs related to Pike's visit with the Pawnee are featured, including a musket ball mold believed to have been left behind by the explorers.

Pawnee Indian Museum is located at 480 Pawnee Trail, Republic. For more information, call 785-361-2255.


Kings of Swing logoMuseum After Hours: Swing into Spring with the Kings of Swing

4:30 - 7:30 p.m. April 12
Kansas Museum of History, Topeka

Let the Kings of Swing put you "In the Mood" to dance to the tunes of the Big Band era. Sing and swing with the sounds of Sammy Kay, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller in a USO canteen style setting. Dance instructors will be available.

Admission is $25 per person; $20 per person for Kansas Historical Foundation members. Purchase tickets in the Museum Store, the Capitol Store, or call 785-272-8681, ext. 415. A cash bar will be onsite; must be age 21 or older.

The Kansas Museum of History is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka.


Kansas Historical Society Headlines

Kaw Nation Chairwoman Elaine Dailey Huch will present The Kaw Nation: Then and Now, Kaw Mission State Historic Site, Council Grove. February 8

Hear talks and dramatic interpretations about Kansas history at the Bleeding Kansas 2015 Series, Constitution Hall, Lecompton. February 8, 15, 22, and March 1

Enjoy lunch from the wood stove and listen to a different speaker each week at Saturdays by the Grinter Stove, Grinter Place State Historic Site, Kansas City. February 14, March 14

Kaw Councils 2015 Series returns to Kaw Mission, Council Grove. March 29

Lecompton Reenactors will perform Bleeding Kansas Characters, set in a 1850s town hall political meeting, Constitution Hall, Lecompton. April 5

Application deadline for research grants and internships is April 15.

Learn to prepare textiles for storage at Loving Your Stuff: A Hands-on Textile Workshop, Kansas Historical Society, Topeka. April 16

Hear the Stories Behind the Photographs at Pawnee Indian Museum, Republic. April 16

The Great Soldier State: Kansas and the Civil War in the special exhibit gallery, Kansas Museum of History, Topeka. Through May 24

Kansas Historical Society calendar of events.


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