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Issue 73, December 2014

Exterior of Fort Hays officers' quarters, decorated for Christmas with snow on ground.Celebrate the Holidays at State Historic Sites

Holiday Open House at Kaw Mission, Council Grove 6:30 - 8:30 p.m. Thursday, December 4. Old-fashioned celebration with 19th century frontier decorations and traditions. Plus a scavenger hunt for children.

Fort Hays Presents Christmas Past, Hays 7 - 9 p.m. Friday - Saturday, December 5 - 6. Horse-drawn wagon rides and officers' homes decorated in Victorian style (pictured right). See a model train exhibit.

Holiday with the Arts, Grinter Place, Kansas City 4 - 7 p.m. Saturday, December 6. Enjoy the talents of local artists, authors, and musicians. The Wine Barn will offer wine for sampling.

Christmas Open House, Hollenberg Pony Express Station, Hanover 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday, December 6. Taffy pulling, carolers, and stories about Christmas in 1860s Kansas. Learn Victorian dance steps.

Christmas at the Adair Cabin, John Brown Museum, Osawatomie 7 - 9 p.m. Saturday, December 6. Frontier Christmas with live music and a visit from Santa Claus.

Red Rocks Hosts White Christmas, Emporia 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday, December 7. Enjoy live music by local community groups and see the house decorated for the holidays.

Family Holiday at Grinter Place, Kansas City 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday, December 13. Family event with Christmas crafts, storytellers, face painting, and Santa Claus.

Holiday Open House at Pawnee Indian Museum, Republic 1 - 4 p.m. Saturday, December 13. Tour the museum with free admission and shop in the store.

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Sunflower glassware art.Unique Kansas Made Gifts at Capitol and Museum Stores

The Capitol Store and Museum Store feature unique holiday gifts with a focus on Kansas made and inspired, highlighting artisans from around the state. New for the season are sunflower glassware items. Shoppers can find one-of-a-kind clothing and accessories, copper jewelry, pottery, children's books, and gift baskets at both locations. Food products include pepper nuts, gourmet chocolates, pure organic maple syrup, and pancake and waffle mix in a cotton flour bag imprinted with the Kansas seal. The Capitol Store's copper jewelry and collectibles were created with historic copper removed from the Capitol.

The Capitol Store is located at the Kansas State Capitol, SW 8th and SW Van Buren. The Museum Store is located at the Kansas Historical Society, 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka. For more information, visit kshs.org/18598.

Many Kansas made items can also be purchased online.

All retail outlets are operated by the Kansas Historical Foundation, the fund raising, fund management, membership, and retail organization that supports and promotes Kansas history through the work of the Kansas Historical Society.

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Bride and attendants in their wedding clothes.Scan and Share Your Family Photographs and Documents

Family photographs and documents tell stories that can be shared for many generations, now and in the future. Would you like to share yours with your Kansas neighbors through the Scan and Share program?

The State Archives collects, preserves, and provides access to photographs and documents with enduring value, and we are interested in growing our collection featuring Kansas families. We like wedding and family portraits, and Kansans of all ages at work and play anywhere in the world. Documents include letters, diaries, and reminiscences. With the Scan and Share program, you lend us your items, we scan them and return your originals. The scanned copies will be available for viewing at the Archives and on Kansas Memory, the Kansas Historical Society's online digital archives.

For more information, contact Nancy Sherbert at 785-272-8681, ext. 303; nsherbert@kshs.org. The State Archives is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka.

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Kansas Historical Society Headlines

Give a Kansas Historical Foundation membership to the history lovers on your holiday shopping list. The gift that gives all year!

Lecompton Reenactors will perform Bleeding Kansas Characters, set in a 1850s town hall political meeting at Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Lecompton. January 4

Enjoy snacks 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. January 10, February 14

The annual Bleeding Kansas Series returns to Constitution Hall on January 25. Additional programs in the series will be presented February 1, 8, 15, 22, and March 1.

Kansas Day commemorates the admission of the state as the 34th in the Union on January 29, 1861. Join us for events at the Kansas State Capitol, Kansas Museum of History, and several state historic sites. Visit kshs.org for details as the day nears.

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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