Issue 63, April 2013
Furnishing Kansas at Kansas Museum of History - This special exhibit offers a rare opportunity to view furniture that witnessed history. Spanning from Kansas Territory to the recent past, items include products from a Leavenworth furniture factory established in 1856 and the desk and chair used by Kansas native Ed Asner on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. The Museum is located in Topeka.
May 1 Early Bird Deadline for Kansas Archeology Training Program Field School - A historic trading post south of Hays has been selected for investigation June 1 to 16. Participants will work alongside archeologists as they excavate several dugouts and process artifacts in a lab. No experience is necessary—just a desire to learn. Registration packets available online.
At Our Historic Sites
Trail Dedication and Spring Kickoff at Mine Creek Battlefield - Join us 1 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6 for the dedication of the new battlefield trails. Visitors can see the new informational signs on the battlefield trails and talk with historical reenactors. Activities include educational crafts for kids, food demonstrations, and a trivia game. Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site is in Pleasanton.
Kansas Territorial Characters at Constitution Hall - 2 p.m. Sundays, April 7 and May 5. The Lecompton Reenactors will dramatize a 1850s territorial town hall political meeting about the pros and cons of the slavery issue. Constitution Hall State Historic Site is located in Lecompton.
Kaw Councils 2013 Series - Kaw Mission State Historic Site will host its annual educational series 2 p.m. Sundays, April 7 and 21 and May 5 and 19. The theme of the four-part series is The Civil War: Kansas People and Places. Kaw Mission is located in Council Grove.
Frontier Forts of Kansas at Pawnee Indian Museum - 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17. Join us for a presentation on Kansas military forts, large and small, and their interactions with native peoples. Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site is located near Republic.
Grinter Place Quilt Show and Spring Tea - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 26 and 27, and 12 - 4 p.m. Sunday, April 28. Local quilts will be on display. Admission to Grinter Place and the quilt show is free courtesy of the Grinter Place Quilters. Tea will be served at 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. with a limit of 25 people per session. Tickets for the tea are $8 per person. For more information and to make reservations for tea, call 913-299-0373. Grinter Place State Historic Site is located in Kansas City.
Lavender Sachet Workshop at Shawnee Indian Mission - 10 a.m. Saturday, May 4. Learn how 19th century Kansas pioneers utilized flowers and herbs for decorative and medicinal purposes. Make a lavender sachet like the early residents of the Mission. Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site is located in Fairway.
Red Rocks Grand Reopening - 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday, May 5. Tour the newly redecorated home and visit with reenactors portraying members of the White family. Refreshments provided. Admission is free. Red Rocks State Historic Site is located in Emporia.
Rendezvous at Pawnee Indian Museum - Relive the historic gatherings with the Republican Valley Muzzleloaders 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1. See living history reenactments with trappers, traders, and Indians. Admission to the rendezvous is free; admission to tour the museum is $5 adults, $1 students. Pawnee Indian Museum is located near Republic.
New Research Materials Available
Newspapers Added to Chronicling America - More Kansas newspapers are now online at the Library of Congress' Chronicling America. New additions include issues from Atchison, Emporia, Goodland, Hays, Lawrence, Leavenworth, Liberal, and Topeka. These newspapers cover events about the Kansas Territory, the Civil War, and Populism. More information online.
View Historical Society Collections Online - Kansas Memory is the largest online collection of primary sources documenting Kansas history. Photographs, letters, diaries, government records, maps, and artifacts are among the site's 325,000 images.
Historic Preservation Office
Kansas Preservation - The current issue features World War II air bases in Kansas, National and State Register nominations, optical spectroscopy, and National Archaeology Day.
Historical Foundation News
Spring Members Meeting - Friday and Saturday, June 14 - 15. Wichita ABCs: Aviation, Buildings, Culture will focus on the people and places that reflect the city's major cultural and business centers. Participants will visit historic neighborhoods, buildings, and the birthplace of the Kansas aviation industry. Event is open to members and non-members alike. Registration deadline is Friday, May 23. For more information, contact Terry Marmet or Sally Zogry at 785-272-8681, ext. 221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Museum Store - The Museum Store at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka recently added two more companies to its growing list of Kansas vendors. Copperleaf Gourmet, Lawrence, produces seasonings, pepper jellies, sauces, and preserves. Artist Daisy Friesen of Pottery by Friesen Art, McPherson, offers decorative yet functional bowls, vases, and candle holders.
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Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains – The Winter 2013 issue features stories on John Brown's wife Mary, World War II era Company B of the 137th Infantry Regiment, and Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's visit to Quivera.
April 3 - Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site, Hanover, reopens
April 3 - Mine Creek Battlefield State Historic Site, Pleasanton, reopens
April 4 - Red Rocks State Historic Site, Emporia, reopens
May 4 - Archaeology Family Day
Through September 30 - Pawnee Indian Museum - Edward S. Curtis Photographs: a Sacred Legacy
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