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Annals of Shawnee Methodist Mission and Indian Manual Labor School

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Creator: Caldwell, Martha B. (Martha Belle)

Date: 1939

Level of Description: File unit

Material Type: Manuscripts

Call Number: History Indians, Box 4, Shawnee

Unit ID: 212520

Summary: These annals are a compilation of events concerning the Shawnee Methodist Mission year by year. The information was culled from a variety of sources. Most entries include a citation to the source. Thomas Johnson established the mission in 1830 near Turner in present Wyandotte County, Kansas. He also founded the Indian Manual Labor School, which operated in conjunction with the mission. It was moved to the Johnson County area in 1839 and the school operated until 1862. The Santa Fe and Oregon trails passed near the Johnson County location so travelers frequently stopped at the mission. The site housed the executive offices of the first territorial governor and the first territorial legislature met there. In addition to the Methodist mission, the Baptist and Quaker churches also operated missions for the Shawnee. These annals are the complete manuscript from which a condensed version was published by the Kansas State Historical Society in 1939.

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Title (Main title): Annals of Shawnee Methodist Mission and Indian Manual Labor School

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  1. 1820s
  2. 1830s
  3. 1840-1843
  4. 1844-1849
  5. 1850-1854
  6. 1855-1859
  7. 1860-1865
  8. Miscellaneous


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