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Issue 69, April 2014

People working at archeology excavation site Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP) Field School

May 30 - June 14
1926 Parker Avenue

The Samuel and Florella Adair cabin, now the focus of John Brown Museum State Historic Site in Osawatomie, was originally located at the western edge of town. The 2014 KATP field school will undertake intensive archeological testing at the original cabin site (4MM327).

Participants will work alongside professional and avocational archeologists. No experience is necessary--just a desire to learn. Children must be at least 10 years old and accompanied by a parent or responsible adult. Volunteers can attend for a few days or the entire 16 days of the field school. Artifacts found at the site will be cleaned and cataloged in a laboratory located across the street at Trojan Elementary School. A full schedule of evening programs will be held in Osawatomie; for topics, dates, and locations, visit kshs.org. Evening program schedule is subject to change. For registration and fee information, visit kshs.org/14622. Early registration deadline is May 1.

Visitors are welcome to observe the work at the archeological site and in the laboratory, and attend the free evening programs.


Glass pitcher with blue and pink birds


Loving Your Stuff: Gems in the Attic

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19
Kansas Historical Society, Topeka

Join us for an appraisal fair and workshops featuring collections preservation. Rachel Cozad and Soodie Beasley from Madison Group Fine Art Appraisals will be on site to appraise 19th - 20th century European and American art, antiques, furniture, silver, and crystal. Experts from the Historical Society and Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library will present workshops about collecting and collections care.

Admission to the workshops is free. Tickets to the appraisal fair are $20 for the first item, $15 for the second. Maximum two items per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. For more information, visit kshs.org/18524.

Event presented in cooperation with the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library and the Topeka Landmarks Commission as part of the Preserve Topeka workshop series. The Kansas Historical Society is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka.



Male reenactor as a trader, sitting in front of tipiMountain Man Rendezvous at Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, June 7

From 1825 to 1840, trappers, traders, and Indians met to socialize, trade, and purchase supplies for the next trapping season. Mountain man James Beckworth described the festivities as a scene of "mirth, songs, dancing, shouting, trading, racing, yarns, and frolic, with all sorts of extravagances." Relive these historic gatherings with the Republican Valley Muzzleloaders. Several encampments will present living history reenactments. The public is encouraged to interact and ask questions.

Admission to the rendezvous is free. Admission to tour the museum is $5 adults, $1 students. Kansas Historical Foundation members and children five and younger admitted free. Pawnee Indian Museum is located at 480 Pawnee Trail, Republic. For more information call 785-361-2255.



Kansas Historical Society Headlines

Reenactors portray Kansans from the Bleeding Kansas era as they passionately debate the slavery issue in Bleeding Kansas Characters. Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Lecompton. April 6, May 4

Hear a different speaker each week at Kaw Councils 2014 Series: American Indians of Kansas. Kaw Mission State Historic Site, Council Grove. April 6, April 27, May 4, June 1

Hollenberg Pony Express Station State Historic Site in Hanover will host a Victorian Tea and a presentation on historical clothing. April 12

April 15 application deadline for research grants and internship at Kansas Historical Society.

See local quilts on display and tour the Grinter home at the annual Quilt Show. Enjoy a chicken noodle soup lunch on Sunday. Grinter Place State Historic Site, Kansas City. April 25 - 27

Commemorate International Museum Day with a behind-the-scenes tour of the Historical Society's collection storage. Kansas Historical Society, Topeka. May 18

Meet watercolor artist Arthur Short Bull at Kaw Mission State Historic Site, Council Grove. June 8, 11 - 14

Visit the Kansas Historical Foundation booth at Topeka Gives: A Fun Day of Giving and make a donation to collect, preserve, and share Kansas history. Pro-rated matching funds available. Fairlawn Plaza Mall, Topeka. June 3

Speaking of Quilts in the special exhibit gallery, Kansas Museum of History, Topeka. Through August 31

Kansas Historical Society calendar of events.


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