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S. H. B. Schoonmaker to Governor John P. St. John

Shoonmaker, S. H. B.

S. H. B. Shoonmaker of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, wrote this letter to Governor St. John on behalf of the black residents of his parish (county). He asked the governor a number of specific questions, including how these black emigrants could obtain land, where they should settle, and whether there were relief organizations that could assist the refugees. In addition to his service as governor, St. John also served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Freedmen?s Relief Association.


Kansas Emergency Relief Committee accomplishments movie

Kansas. Emergency Relief Commission

This motion picture film documents the various work projects completed in Kansas during President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal. It begins with an introduction to the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee personnel, starting with the executive director, John G. Stutz. It then shows the various projects across the state, including the construction of farm ponds and lakes as part of the Water Conservation Program, the renovation and construction of courthouses, schools, libraries, and other public buildings, and the weaving and sewing rooms that produced clothing for needy Kansans. It also includes footage of rabbit drives, dust storms, and women sweeping piles of dust out of their homes. Click on the thumbnails below to play each clip. Click on Text Version for a detailed description of each chapter.


Kansas State Seal

Cultural Heritage and Arts Center

The State Seal of Kansas. The Seal of Kansas and the state motto, Ad astra per aspera (to the stars through difficulties), were adopted through a joint resolution during the first Kansas legislative session on May 25, 1861.


L. W. Halbe collection

Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981

The L. W. (Leslie Winfield) Halbe photo collection consists of 1500 glass plate negatives produced by Halbe during his teenage years. Halbe lived in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas, and began taking photographs of the region with an inexpensive Sears and Roebuck camera when he was fifteen years old.


Samuel Judson Smith, Lucinda A. Gardner Smith and children

This is a photograph of Samuel Judson Smith and Lucinda A. Gardner Smith with their children. Samuel Judson Smith was born September 9, 1843 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Lucinda Gardner on April 4, 1860 in Peoria County, Illinois. Samuel was educated at Oberlin College and was a schoolmaster in Illinois. During the Civil War, he served as a lieutenant with Company E, 77th Illinois Volunteers. Smith came to Rice County, Kansas in 1874 from Milbrook, Peoria County, Illinois. In September, 1875, his wife Lucy (Lucinda) and their children joined him on the farm. The Smiths had seven children, Charles J., S. E. (Ed), Ella M., Frank, Lottie B., Ransom T. and Mary L. Samuel Smith was a farmer, Clerk of the District Court for 8 years (1880-1888), member of Lodge #192 A.F. and A.M., and a State Senator representing the 36th Senatorial District in 1900. He died on February 2, 1903 in Lyons, Rice County, Kansas.

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