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Issue 72, October 2014


Battle of Mine Creek
150th Anniversary

10 a.m. - 5 p.m. October 18
Mine Creek Civil War Battlefield State Historic Site, Pleasanton

The Battle of Mine Creek was one of the largest cavalry battles of the Civil War. Join us for a commemoration of the 150th anniversary.

See cavalry and infantry encampments, gunnery crews, a surgeon, a saddle display, 19th century skills demonstrations, and vendor booths. Activities for children will be available. Food available for purchase.

Authors Dianne Eickhoff and Ken Spurgeon will be onsite for book signings and photographs.

Admission is $5 adults, $1 students. Presented in cooperation with Mine Creek Battlefield Foundation. Mine Creek Battlefield is located at 20485 KS Highway 52, Pleasanton. For more information, call 913-352-8890.



logo for Museum After Hours: A Night With the Kings of Swing

Museum After Hours:
A Night With the Kings of Swing

4:30 - 7:30 p.m. October 12
Kansas Museum of History, Topeka

Let the Kings of Swing put you "In the Mood" to dance to the tunes of the Big Band era. Sing and swing with the sounds of Sammy Kay, Benny Goodman, Tommy Dorsey, and Glenn Miller in a USO canteen style setting. Dance instructors will be available.

Admission is $15 and includes canteen snack food and admission to the Museum. Purchase tickets through our online store, in the Museum Store, the Capital Store, or call 785-272-8681, ext. 415. A cash bar will be onsite; must be age 21 or older.

The Kansas Museum of History is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka.



Mexican American kids playing outdoors in front of houses.Día de los Muertos Commemoration

Exhibits honoring Mexican American heritage
Through November 3, Kansas Historical Society

  • Día de los Muertos
  • Continuing the Tradition: Mexican American Folk Arts

Día de los Muertos at the Ancestor Fair
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. October 18, Kansas Historical Society

  • Learn how to do genealogy
  • Programs on Hispanic heritage
  • Ofrenda on display

Kansas Cooking: Making Molé
2 - 4 p.m. October 19, Kansas Historical Society

Join Chef Gonzalo Sánchez from Pepe and Chela's Mexican Restaurant to make molé and learn its significance in Mexican American heritage. Advance registration required. $40

Scan and Share: Recording Topeka's Mexican American Heritage
9 a.m. - 5 p.m. November 2, Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church

Preserve your family's heritage. The Historical Society will copy your photographs and return originals to owners. All scanned images will be available at the State Archives.

The Kansas Historical Society is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka. Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church is located at 216 NE Branner Street, Topeka. For more information about the Día de los Muertos commemoration, visit kshs.org/18568



Kansas Historical Society Headlines

The Great Soldier State: Kansas and the Civil War in the special exhibit gallery, Kansas Museum of History, Topeka, October 3, 2014 through May 24, 2015.

The Preserve Topeka workshop series continues with Loving Your Stuff: Digital Memories, October 2; and Discovering Your Neighborhood: Take an Inventory of Your Historic Neighborhood, October 11.

Commemorate William Allen White Legacy Days with children's book award authors and the movie Mary White, Red Rocks State Historic Site, Emporia. October 3 - 4

October 10, 2014, is Electronics Records Day.

See living history reenactors and shop for handmade crafts at Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site's Fall Festival in Fairway. October 11 - 12

Learn about genealogy at the Ancestor Fair, Kansas Historical Society, Topeka. October 18

Hear Graveside Conversations through first person portrayals at Fort Hays State Historic Site, Hays. October 25

Grinter Place State Historic Site will host a chili supper and silent auction. Kansas City, November 1

Lecompton Reenactors will perform Bleeding Kansas Characters, set in a 1850s town hall political meeting at Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Lecompton. November 2

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. November 8

Pawnee Indian Museum State Historic Site, Republic, will feature the Plains Indians and their use of the buffalo in the interactive program Following the Buffalo. November 18

Check the December calendar for holiday events scheduled at several historic sites.

Kansas Historical Society calendar of events.


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