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Issue 82, April 2015

Students looking at aquariums.History & Environmental Fair

9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Thursday, April 23
Kansas Historical Society, Topeka

This annual event aims to teach students grades four through six how Kansans have been "living green" for generations. Learn how nature and the environment have shaped our lives and how we, in turn, have impacted our environment. The fair features 30 hands-on activities and displays and a nature trail that can educate students in many aspects of environmental issues. Students can

  • learn about bluebirds and their habitat
  • explore what goes into "growing" a pizza
  • learn how to make rope
  • meet animals that are true super heroes

Visitors can also tour the Kansas Museum of History.

Admission is free. Event presented in cooperation with the Shawnee County Conservation District. Kansas Historical Society is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka. For more information, call 785-272-8681, ext. 415.


Project Archaeology participants lay out grid for mock excavation.Archaeology in the Classroom

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Wednesday - Friday, July 29 - 31
Museum at Prairiefire, Overland Park

Discover how Project Archaeology fosters an understanding of past and present cultures while it improves social studies, science, and literacy education. The standards-based curriculum is appropriate for, but not limited to, grades three through eight. This course is designed for pre-service teachers, in-service educators, and archaeologists who wish to teach Project Archaeology to students or facilitate teacher workshops.

Program will be held at the Museum at Prairiefire, 5801 W 135th Street, Overland Park. Enrollment limited to 25 people. Application deadline is July 1, 2015. For more information, contact Virginia Wulfkuhle at 785-272-8681, ext. 266.


Girl riding toy tractor and feeding cattle from attached wagon.Second Annual Happy Birthday, Kansas! Photo Contest Begins May 4

Students from first through 12th grades are invited to participate in the second annual Happy Birthday, Kansas! photo contest held May 4 through October 31, 2015. This year's theme is Your Kansas Community, and students are encouraged to photograph people working and playing in their communities. Winners will be announced as part of the state's 155th birthday commemoration at the Kansas State Capitol on January 29, 2016. Twelve first place and 12 second place prizes will be awarded. First place prizes are iPads; second place prizes are Kindles. For more information and a complete list of contest rules, visit kshs.org/18622.


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Professional in-service development sessions help elementary and secondary teachers integrate Kansas social studies standards. Presenter is trained and endorsed by the Kansas Department of Education in the area of social studies, formative assessment, and integration strategies.

See the Lecompton Reenactors acting troupe in the debut of John Brown: Widow Maker on May 3 at Constitution Hall State Historic Site, Lecompton. Program could be encouraged as an extra credit option.

Topeka Metropolitan Transit Authority offers transportation to USD 501 schools visiting Kansas Museum of History.

Meet Kansas Territorial Characters provides students with first person portrayals of notable Kansans from the territorial era. Schedule a performance at Constitution Hall, Lecompton.

So much to see and do at the Kansas Museum of History and the state historic sites! Plan some day trips this summer with your family and friends.

Kansas Historical Society calendar of events.


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