Issue 67, December 2013
Speaking of Quilts Opens January 17 at Kansas Museum of History - The special exhibit Speaking of Quilts: Voices from the Collection and Community features timeless beauties and contemporary art quilts from the museum collection and local quilters. Exhibit includes a 1930s applique, a crazy quilt created in a sod house in 1888, a 1988 community quilt, and a wooden barn quilt. Exhibit runs through August 31. The Museum is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka.
Kansas Day: January 29, 2014 - Kansas Day will be commemorated at the Kansas State Capitol with a dedication ceremony of the newly restored building. Events are also planned for the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka and several state historic sites. Visit kshs.org for details as the day nears.
New Hours of Operation at State Archives - Beginning November 1 and continuing through February 28, the facility will be open 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Wednesday - Saturday. Operating hours March 1 - October 31 remain unchanged at 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Tuesday - Saturday. The State Archives are located in Topeka.
Kansas Digital Newspapers - The Historical Society participates in the National Digital Newspaper Program and is responsible for digitizing over 200,000 newspaper pages, dated between 1854 - 1922, to contribute to the Chronicling America website. A list of available titles is available at kshs.org/16126.
At Our Historic Sites
Celebrate the Holidays - Events will be held at the following state historic sites:
Fort Hays: 7 - 9 p.m. Friday - Saturday, December 6 - 7
Shawnee Indian Mission: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Saturday, December 7
Hollenberg Pony Express Station: 6 - 8 p.m. Saturday, December 7
John Brown Museum: 7 - 9 p.m. Saturday, December 7
Red Rocks: 2 - 4 p.m. Sunday, December 8
Grinter Place: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday, December 14
Pawnee Indian Museum: 2 - 4 p.m. Saturday, December 14
Bleeding Kansas Characters - The Lecompton Reenactors will dramatize a 1850s territorial town hall political meeting 2 p.m. Sunday, January 5 at Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Lecompton. The acting troupe will portray notable people from the Bleeding Kansas era as they passionately discuss slavery.
Saturdays by the Grinter Stove - 11 a.m. Saturday, January 11, February 8, March 8. Learn about Kansas City area history and stay for lunch prepared on the wood stove. A different speaker will present each week. Grinter Place is located in Kansas City.
Bleeding Kansas 2014 Series - 2 p.m. Sunday, January 26, February 2, 9, 16, and 23 at Constitution Hall, Lecompton. A series of talks and dramatic interpretations on the violent conflict over the slavery issue in Kansas Territory 1854 - 1861, with a different featured speaker each week.
Historic Preservation Office
Kansas Preservation - The current issue features the Kansas Archeology Training Program Excavation at Whisky Ranch near Hays, accommodating the Americans with Disabilities Act at the Kansas State Capitol, and Hutchinson’s Downtown Gap Area Survey, and the National and State Register Nominations.
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Reflections - The Autumn 2013 issue includes articles about John Steuart Curry, the restoration of the Kansas State Capitol, Ellen Goodnow's letters, and the Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union.
Kansas History: A Journal of the Central Plains – The Autumn 2013 issue features stories about Kansas literature and race, former Governor Bill Graves, Quantrill's Raid in Kansas Memory, and the labor and art of Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Frank Marshall Davis.
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