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Issue 75, April 2015

People working on an excavation on flat land, no trees in sight.Kansas Archeology Training Program (KATP)

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. June 5 - 20

Between 500 and 1100 CE the treeless western Kansas plains were inhabited by people who made pottery and used spear throwers and the bow and arrow. They lived in small temporary houses with round packed-earth floors and ate deer, bison, pronghorn, fish, and small mammals. The 2015 KATP field school will investigate a village site from this era, the Kraus site (14EL313), located west of Hays in Ellis County.

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. Archeology technique courses are also offered and can be taken for college credit. A full schedule of evening programs will be free and open to the public; for topics and dates, visit kshs.org. Evening program schedule is subject to change. For registration and fee information, visit kshs.org/14622. Early registration deadline is May 5.

For more information contact Virginia Wulfkuhle, 785-272-8681, ext. 266; vwulfkuhle@kshs.org.


Kaw man dances in ceremonial clothing.Kaw Councils 2015 Series
The Kaw Nation: Then and Now

Kaw Mission State Historic Site
Council Grove

Join us 2 p.m. Sunday for this annual series.

April 12 - Forensic Anthropology, Tribal Historic Preservation, and the Kaw Nation, presented by Crystal Roberts Douglas, museum director and historic preservation director, Kaw Nation. The importance of preserving American Indian lands, culture, and human remains will be examined.

April 26 - Chris Pappan: Homecoming, presented by Chris Pappan, artist. Pappan, of Kaw, Osage, and Cheyenne River Sioux heritage, will discuss his 21st century ledger drawing series and his continuing quest for cultural knowledge and understanding.

May 3 - The Kanza Language: Then and Now, presented by Justin McBride, Kaw language program director. Presentation will examine the Kaw language from the 1880s to the present.

Kaw Mission is located at 500 N. Mission Street, Council Grove. For more information, call 620-767-5410.


People doing research in the state archives library.Grants, Internships Available

Grant application deadline is April 15

The Alfred M. Landon Historical Research Grants are presented annually in June to graduate students for academic research, for the amount of $1,000. The Edward N. Tihen Historical Research Grants are presented annually in June to non-academic researchers for research in the collections of the Historical Society, for the amount of $500.

Internship application deadline is April 17

The Kansas Historical Society offers paid summer internships each year. The positions are full-time, 40 hours per week, for eight weeks, and include a $2,500 stipend. The John Ripley Internship is for an undergraduate or graduate student studying in a related field. The Marylouise Meder Internships are for two graduate students with strong interests in archival studies, digital collections, and Kansas history.


Kansas Historical Society Headlines

Swing into spring with the Kings of Swing at Museum After Hours, Kansas Museum of History, Topeka. April 12

Learn about textile preservation at Loving Your Stuff: Textile Workshop, Kansas Historical Society, Topeka. April 16

Hear Stories Behind the Photographs, Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site, Republic. April 16

Quilts on display at 39th annual quilt show, Grinter Place State Historic Site, Kansas City. April 24 - 26

Lecompton Reenactors debut new play John Brown: Widow Maker, Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Lecompton. May 3

What Is It? artifact identification day, Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site, Pleasanton. May 9

Celebrate Red Rocks' 10th anniversary as a state historic site with open house and ice cream social. Emporia. May 9

Local artists exhibit and sell works in beautiful garden at Red Rocks State Historic Site, Emporia. May 29 - 30

Watch John Knifechief make arrows, spears, and lances, Pawnee Indian Museum, Republic. June 5 - 6

See trapper and trader encampments at Mountain Man Rendezvous, Pawnee Indian Museum, Republic. June 6

Sundown Film Festival, featuring movies with a Civil War theme, Kansas Museum of History, Topeka. June 5, July 10, August 14

The Great Soldier State: Kansas and the Civil War in special exhibit gallery, Kansas Museum of History, Topeka. Through January 4, 2016.

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