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Dane G. Hansen Foundation

The Dane G. Hansen Foundation of Logan generously provided field trip subsidies to schools from northwest Kansas in observance of the Kansas sesquicentennial in 2011. These subsidies covered the costs involved in bring the students to the Kansas Museum of History's special exhibit, 150 Things I Love About Kansas.

Students of all ages from far western Kansas were so grateful for the opportunity to come to the Kansas Museum of History and visit their state capitol.  Many had never been to Topeka or only passed through along the interstate.  The opportunities they had to visit other sites along the way such as Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum, Combat Air Museum, and Brown v. Board National Historic Site will live in their memories for a long time.  Along with the students and sponsors, we at the Kansas Historical Society would like to extend our thanks to the Dane G. Hansen Foundation for making this possible.

Oberlin USD 294

The last group to visit the 150 Things I Love about Kansas exhibit with funding provided by the Dane G. Hansen Foundation came on Sunday, Dec. 18. They participated in guided tours of the museum.

The grass hut is one of the houses used in Kansas throughout the years.Many of the American Indians lived in tipis while on buffalo hunts.






Pioneers in the eastern part of the state built log cabins.Many people came to Kansas along the trails.






The railroad also brought settlers to Kansas.Kansas became the 34th state.









Palco USD 269

Twenty-four students from Palco arrived at the museum Friday, December 16. They also visited the Capitol.

Palco students enjoy the 150 Things about KansasInteractives are always a big hit in the exhibit.






Students learn by discussing the items in the exhibit.The movie clips are always interesting.






Palco students enjoy the exhibits.David, the tour guide, talks to the group.









Thunder Ridge USD 110

Fifty-three students and their sponsors from Thunder Ridge High school in Kensington visited the museum Wednesday December 7.

150 Things I Love about Kansas includes people and landscapes.So many things to see.







Do you know all of the Kansas symbols?The weather in Kansas can be extreme.






Primitive Kansas IndiansLearning about the hard life of a soldier.








Greeley County USD 200

Students from Tribune visited the museum on December 6th. They had fun participating in a search and find during their visit to the 150 Things.

I found the wanted poster for the Benders of Cherryvale.

Wizard of Oz posters from around the world.





Carry Nation's dress.The Dalton Brothers after their attempt to rob the Coffeyville bank.






Look at the piece of cloth from one of the Dalton brothers.Participating in a guided tour of the museum.










Sharon Springs USD 241

Students from Wallace County traveled to Topeka November 21 and 22.  On the way they visited the Eisenhower Presidential Museum and Library in Abilene. They spent the night at the Holiday Inn.  They also visited the Combat Air Museum and the Capitol. Before returning to Sharon Springs they visited the museum viewing both the 150 Things I Love About Kansas and the main exhibits.

Sharon Springs 7th gradersSharon Springs high school class

A group of Sharon Springs students listen to their guide, Bob.Guide Evelyn introduces the students to Plains Indians






Sitting in the drover's car.Viewing the model of the Pawnee earth lodge.






 Sharon Springs students7th graders at the museum















Atwood USD 105

Rawlins County High students came just before Thanksgiving break.  They had an opportunity to visit the Capitol also.

Pawnee Indians once lived in earth lodges near these students' homes.The movement to educate Indians through missions changed their lives forever.






Trails are an important part of Kansas history.The Santa Fe Trail provided goods to merchants in the southwest.






The underlying theme of Kansas battle for statehood was freedom.Atwood students learn about Kansas history.






Students always bring their cameras for photo opps.Attentive students from Atwood.










Norton USD 211

Seventy students from Norton Middle School visited the museum on November 18.  They also went to the Brown v. Board National Historic Site before returning to Norton.

The Wizard of Oz posters always catch their eyeIdentifying famous Kansans






Using the geographic feature interactiveOld engine






Divided into three groups for tourPreparing for tour






In the drovers' carTraveling the Oregon Trail






Is John Brown a terrorist or a martyr?What does sleep tight mean?










Trego County USD 208

High school students from Wakeeney visited the museum today.  They arrived in time to see the three baby bison that were here for the Kansas 150 Tribal Commemoration. Unfortunately they didn't get to stay until the ceremony with the 4 resident Indian tribes and the Kaw.  However, they did enjoy the guided tour of the the museum. 

What a long bus trip!The baby buffalo are only 6 months old and arrived from Garden City






The western movie posters are always interestingWhat is your favorite?






Learning about the Wichita grass hutTraveling the Oregon Trail was hard






Stagecoaches would have been uncomfortableThe railroad encourged immigrants to settle in Kansas






The engine weighs several thousand poundsEntering the drovers' car










Brewster USD 314

The Dane Hansen Foundation has made an impact on hundreds of students from northwest Kansas this year.  These images show high school students from Brewster visiting the 150 Things I Love about Kansas in honor of Kansas S150th birthday.

Brewster High School students Interactive exhibits are an important part of the 150 Things






Much of the legends of Kansas has come from HollywoodThe rifles of the west and Jayhawk boots are a popular part of the exhibit






Do you know all the Kansas symbols?The Story Teller is another popular interactive









Northern Valley USD 212

The students from Northern Valley came November 4 for a guided tour. Northern Valley is in Almena. 

Kansas Landscapes in paintingsDiscovering Kansas landscape





Do you know the Kansas symbols?
Friends learning about Kansas

Guide Bob greets the students



Learning about the territorial days










Look at these old overalls







Ruth instructs one of the Northern Valley groups







Looking at the railroad superintendent's carWow! That train whistle is loud!









Cheylin USD 103

Cheylin students arrived November 3 all decked out in their "Cheylin Schools Visit Topeka" shirts. They were the first group of students to visit our newly remodeled gift shop. The students also visited the Capitol while they were in Topeka. 

Cheylin girls in their shirtsVisiting the gift shop






Mary tells the students about the grass hutRuth, one of the guides, tells the students about Coronado's visit to Kansas






Hitching the oxen to the wagon would have been a challengeBleeding Kansas was a time of turmoil






Learning about methods of transportation used throughout KansasLearning about the cattle drives and the role of the train






The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe engineTaking a ride in the drover's car









Wizard of Oz posters are always a hitListening to stories








Weskan USD 242

We were glad the students from Weskan could visit us on Sunday, October 30.  They traveled nearly 6 hours from northwestern Kansas to the museum.  Without the support of the Dane Hansen Foundation this experience probably would not have happened for these high school students.

All aboard the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe RailwayWhat a train!






Look at that cow catcher!Life would have been very crowded in this log cabin






Antique farm equipment was a big hit with the Weskan studentsLook at that tractor!






How long would it take to cultivate a field with this equipment?


Tipis like this Cheyenne replica would have been common in the Weskan area more than 100 years ago






Pawnee earthlodge replicaThese students are familiar with tornadoes in Kansas






Students have enjoyed the Storyteller exhibitThe Old West comes alive for these students










Tri-Plains USD 275

48 students from Winona, Tri-Plains school district visited the museum on Saturday, October 29.  The students traveled 640 miles round trip to come see the Capitol and the Kansas Museum of History.  They came on Friday touring the Capitol first.  The night was spent at the Quality Inn and Saturday morning they arrived at the museum for their tour.  Then they headed back to Winona.

Visiting the 150 Things I Love about KansasA popular stop with all the students





The tipi is huge.


Longren plane was fascinating






Tri-Plains Superintendent Lamar Bergsten enjoyed the trip with the students

Have you heard of the Dockum Sit-in?







Viewing the Pawnee Earth Lodge model

Traveling the Oregon Trail







A.T.&S.F. Railroad engine is always spectacularNo trip to Topeka is complete without a visit to the Capitol








Hill City USD 281

The Hill City eighth graders arrived early Thursday morning.  They had driven from Hill City the afternoon before and stayed at the Holiday Inn.  We are so glad to have these students from northwestern Kansas be able to visit us courtesy of the Hansen Foundation.  We hope to do this again in the near future.

The eighth graders meet their museum guide, VirginiaThe grass hut of the Wichita Indians






Looking over the exhibitsFast food chains originated in Kansas is always a hit.






The diner--What's your order?The Santa Fe Railway train is always a hit!






All Aboard!How did they get it inside this building?









St. Francis USD 297

The eighth graders from St. Francis had a very nice trip thanks to the Hansen Foundation.  They left St. Francis yesterday morning and drove to Eisenhower Presidential Library.  Then they came to Topeka and checked-in to the Holiday Inn.  After a meal of pizza they headed to Forbes Field to the Air and Combat Museum.  The evening was finished with a swimming party.  Early Wednesday they headed to the Capitol accompanied by Representative Ward Cassidy.  He joined them on their tour of the Capitol including pictures in the governor's office.  They arrived at the museum for their tour of the 150 Things I Love about Kansas and the guided tour of the museum.  Lunch was at Red Robin's and then they began the six hour drive home.  Once again thanks to the Hansen Foundation for making this trip special for the students from St. Francis.

Seeing the photos of the Arikaree Breaks was a high pointPosters of Wizard of Oz are always popular






The StorytellerThey took lots of pictures






How can two families live in the same lodge?Model of Pawnee Earth Lodge






Cheyenne tipiWhat would you leave behind?






Chllin' out at the counterHey they have a Galaxian!










Hoxie USD 412

35 seventh and eighth graders from Hoxie came Tuesday afternoon, October 25. The drove the five hours to Topeka and visited the Capitol then visited the museum.

The interactives are always popular

Learning about Kansas history





Images of KansasAnother interactive






Wizard of Oz is always a hit


I know him! Is it Don?






I didn't know Langston Hughes was from Kansas!

Learning about the Oregon Trail








Learning about trade items on the Santa Fe TrailHoxie students in front of short grass diorama









Logan USD 326

Sue Jackson's 24 students from Logan visited the museum on Friday, October 21.  They participated in a guided tour, Westward Ho! and also viewed the 150 Things exhibit and did a self-guided tour of the museum.  After that they toured the Capitol. The students also ate at Red Robin. 

We received this note from Ms Jackson after their visit:

Thank you so much for your part in offering and obtaining the grant money for us to make the trip to your museum.  We all enjoyed our time there so much.  The museum is simply wonderful, and if it weren't for the long distance, we would visit there more frequently.  It was surely a once-in-a-lifetime experience for several of our students and possibly a couple of the adults, too.  Please express our sincere thanks to our Westward Ho tour guide as well.  He was very knowledgeable, and he offered a lot of information in a very short amount of time.  I haven't had a chance to look at Facebook yet, but I will make that information available to all the students and their parents.
Thanks again, and keep up the good work!
Sue Jackson

Looking for answers in the 150thWeather in Kansas can be extreme






Welcome to Westward Ho!Viewing the diorama of the prairie







How many oxen to pull a wagon?Off to Oregon






Westward Ho! guided tourHow many miles to Oregon?








Colby USD 315

After lunch at Freddies, Colby students arrived at the museum the afternoon of October 20.  The seventy students visited the 150 Things exhibit and then participated in a self-guided tour of the museum.  They had visited the Capitol before they came to the museum. For several of the students this was their first visit to Topeka.

Which is your favorite from the history of Kansas?

Checking out the interactives





Which famous Kansan is that?

Where's Carrie's hatchet?





Who is Wyatt Earp?


The Storyteller






Learning about the trails across KansasChecking out the prairie







Colby kids at first McDonalds in TopekaThe international trail to Santa Fe










Plainville USD 270

Seventh graders from Plainville visited the museum the morning of October 20.  They began with a self-guided tour of the 150 Things I Love about Kansas.  After they had tried the interactives in that special exhibit they were divided into two groups to have a guided tour of the museum.  The next stop on their agenda was a tour of the Capitol.

The computerized interactive displays are very interestingThe old movie clips are fun.







Bob greets his group.Mary welcomes her students to the museum.






Pioneer sod house and farmsteadPlains Indian tipi






Log cabin from Saline CountyWindmill by the soddie






John Brown - Terrorist or Martyr?


Wichita Indian grass hut








Wheatland (USD 292) and Grinnell (USD 291)

Fourth through high school students from Wheatland and Grinnell joined together to visit the museum on Tuesday, October 18.  They scanned the museum to find answers to "Who Am I?" a self-guided tour of Famous Kansans. After they left the museum they had the opportunity to visit Brown v. Board National Historic Site.

Is this Gordon Parks?This looks like Grandma's stuff






Learning about travel on the trailsWhere's McDonald's?






On the trail to famous KansansReal buffalo hide?






Famous aviatorsHunting for drovers









Quinter, USD 293

These 8th through 11th graders arrived Tuesday, October 18.  They toured the 150 Things I Love about Kansas and then participated in guided tours of the museum.  In the afternoon they visited the Capitol and Brown v. Board National Historic Site. 

Quinter teacher Joel Kuchera points out an interesting bit of Kansas historyPieces of the Dalton Brothers' trousers are on display.






Students learn about Civil Rights sit-ins in WichitaMovie posters related to Kansas






Wizard of Oz is known the world roundKansas Indians






Learning about the Wichita IndiansHow many buffalo hides did it take to make the tipi?









Wakeeney (Trego County) USD 208

The students from Wakeeney have split into two visits.  The first group arrived on Friday, October 14. These were middle level students. The participated in guided tours through the museum.

Bob's group learns about the Pottawatomie Mission before beginning their tourSteve begins his group's tour by quizzing them about their county





Storing foodstuffs

Wichita Indians lived in grass huts






Learning about the Santa Fe Trail

Viewing the diorama of the prairie






Pawnee earthlodge modelSome sponsors and students from Wakeeney










Oakley Middle School USD 274

Seventh and eighth graders visited the 150 Things I Love About Kansas, Friday, September 30.  The students left early to make the long bus ride to Topeka. They ate lunch at Coyote Canyon and then came to museum.  After a quick driving tour of the Capitol they headed back. We want to thank the Hansen Foundation for making this opportunity possible.  Many of the students who have come to visit the museum have never been to Topeka before.

Oakley 7th and 8th graders

Learning about American Indians







Oakley students in the drovers' carThe grass hut is similar to the Wichita Indians' homes






Working with the interactives in the special exhibitVirtual Storytellers in the gallery






Why was Speedy changed to Ronald McDonald?Transportation awaits to take the Plainsmen home on the long drive to Oakley









Victoria USD 432

The 6th and 7th graders from Victoria arrived September 13 to visit the exhibit.  The students participated in a guided tour of the museum after visiting the 150 Things I Love About Kansas.  After their tour they ate lunch at McDonalds, toured the Capitol and headed home.

Victoria Kansas sixth and seventh graders

Interactives in the exhibit are always popular







Look at the Monument Rocks!A tour guide welcomes the students to Topeka








Riding the drovers' carVictoria students traveled by bus almost 200 miles









Golden Plains USD 316

On Sept. 2 fifth and seventh graders from Golden Plains school district left the school at 5:30 a.m. and arrived at the museum at 11.  They visited the 150 Things I Love About Kansas exhibit and the museum, ate lunch on our grounds, and then went to the Capitol.  Most of the students had never been to Topeka before.  This was a long day for them, but they were quite excited to have the opportunity.

Fifth and Seventh graders from Golden PlainA favorite part of the 150th exhibit








Golden Plain students visit Speedy the MacDonalds first mascot

Riding the train











Ellis USD 388

The first school to participate in this grant was Washington Elementary and Junior High of Ellis, which brought 53 seventh and eighth grade students in May. Teachers Shelly Hensley and Kerry Bittel organized the four-hour bus trip that covered 200 miles. For some students, this was their first trip east of Salina. Their field trip included a visit to the museum, Capitol, and to Brookville Hotel in Abilene.

Washington Elementary and Junior High School, Ellis, KS

Ellis students enjoying museum interactives








Phillipsburg USD 325

Eighth grade students from Phillipsburg visited the Kansas Museum of History and Kansas State Capitol on May 17, 2011.

8th graders from Phillipsburg

Phillipsburg 8th graders at Indian tipi









Comments from Phillipsburg teachers:

"The museum exhibits gave students a real sense of Kansas history.  The clothing, guns, utensils, and other artifacts showed students what life was really like."  -Mrs. Tina Johnson, Phillipsburg Middle School 7/8th Grade Social Studies Teacher

"The articles in the museum were organized by time periods, and we really felt our students took their time examining them.  They seemed especially excited by the train and it contents, for example."  -Mrs. Tina Johnson, Phillipsburg Middle School 7/8th Grade Social Studies Teacher

"The 8th graders were so impressed with the exhibits, they spoke highly of the experience to their 7th grade peers upon returning to school the next day."  -Mrs. Tina Johnson, Phillipsburg Middle School 7/8th Grade Social Studies Teacher

"Having taught Kansas History in my past, I was really impressed with the number of connections between the museum displays and our Kansas History state standards and textbook information.  I overheard many student remarks demonstrating these connections as we toured, which is powerful."  -Mrs. Tiffany VanDerVeen, Phillipsburg Middle School 7/8th Reading Teacher

"The students also really responded to the interactive elements of the museum displays and took their time to read the information and to sit at the soda counter display of the "fast food restaurant" beginnings, for example, which made them feel a part of that time period."  ~Mrs. Tiffany VanDerVeen, Phillipsburg Middle School 7/8th Reading Teacher

"Both Mrs. Johnson and I repeated several times our hope that we could some how repeat this same trip for our 8th graders annually, it was so valuable from our perspective and so well received by our students. 

We also really enjoyed our Capitol Building tour as we had the BEST tour guide--Larry from Beloit.  He was so animated and informative and easily captivated our attention the entire time through his art of singing historical songs.  Highlights included sitting at/gathering around Governor Sam Brownback's desk, viewing the House of Representatives & Senate quarters, and seeing the Supreme Court room while admiring the amazing historical murals and architectural detailing along the way!  Oh, and we even joined guide Larry in singing "Home on the Range" as it echoed over the rotunda.    It was through your foundation's generous donation that we were able to make this part of our trip coincide with the museum portion, so THANKS many times over!"-Mrs. VanDerVeen, Phillipsburg Middle School 7/8th Reading Teacher
"Thank you for the extraordinary experience of being able to walk the halls of our capitol state house in Topeka.  From the grandeur of its historic murals to its fabulous Italian marble walls, I never realized how splendid our capitol really was.  Mr. Larry, our tour guide, was exceptional and made our time there very special.  Thank you again!"
-Patricia Williams, Phillipsburg Middle School Para-Educator