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Samuel W. Greer, report

Greer, Samuel W

This printed report was submitted to the Kansas Territorial Legislature by Gov. Medary on January 4, 1860. S. W. Greer, the Territorial Superintendent of Common Schools reported that fifteen counties had submitted reports and schools were taught in 136 districts comprising 7,029 children. He reported on how he visited school districts and included some information on various types of schools in the state. He wrote that the pay for the superintendent was inadequate, due to the value of territorial scrip being worth 30 cents on the dollor. He indicated that he had to use $500 of his own funds in the past year. He wrote about the need to establish normal schools (for training teachers) and to hold teachers' institutes. He wanted to increase the standards for teacher qualifications. He also discussed various aspects of educational methodologies of the period. He included short reports from the following counties: Douglas, Anderson, Jackson, Nemaha, and Osage as well as some statistics from all organized counties. This report was taken from the Journal of the House of Representatives, Kansas Territory, 1859, pages 34 through 82.

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John B. Dunbar

This is a portrait of John B. Dunbar who was born at Bellevue, Nebraska, on April 3, 1841, where his parents were Presbyterian missionaries to the Pawnee Indians. He attended Hopkins Academy, Hadley, Massachusetts, and graduated from Amherst College in 1864. From 1869 to 1878, he was professor of Latin and Greek languages at Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas. In 1872-73, he assisted Father Gaillard of St. Mary's mission in the preparation of a Pottawatomie grammar and dictionary. Later he compiled a brief grammar and partial vocabulary of the Pawnee language, but it was never published. After leaving Topeka, Dunbar was connected with the public schools at Deposit and Brooklyn, New York, and Bloomfield, New Jersey.

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Ellen Douglas Denison Goodnow to Isaac Tichenor Goodnow

Goodnow, Ellen Douglass Denison, 1812-1890

Ellen Goodnow wrote from Shannon, Kansas Territory, to her husband Isaac, who was traveling on the East Coast. In this letter, which is largely personal, Ellen Goodnow describes a frightening conflict between white settlers in the area and members of the Cheyenne Indian tribe. A neighbor had awakened her in the middle of the night to enlist men to fight alongside members of the Delaware Indians, who had also been attacked by the Cheyennes. Isaac's brother, William, had lead her to safety in Manhattan.

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Thurlow Lieurance to Edith Wharton

Lieurance, Thurlow Weed

This is a letter written by Thurlow Weed Lieurance, Taos Pueblo, New Mexico, to Edith Wharton. In the letter Thurlow Lieurance describes in detail, a hoop or ring dance (courtship ritual) performed by Anthony Lujan, a member of the Pueblo Indian tribe. The wooden rings or hoops are called I-a-h-L-a-h and made of willow wood tied together in a circle with leather. Lieurance tells the meaning of the dance and the connection to the Pueblo's beliefs. Also in the envelope, is a quit claim deed dated November 7, 1893, between J. W. Boatwright and I. W. Shields, McDuffin County, Georgia. It is not clear how either party is connected to Thurlow Lieurance.

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