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Avis Chitwood's dress

This childhood dress of Avis Chitwood is made of brown and rust-colored silk. Chitwood grew up in Mound City, Kansas, and took an early interest in art. As she aged, she took classes in watercolor and china painting, etching, and architectural design. The works she produced were displayed in exhibitions and won awards and honors. One of her etchings was displayed at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. Chitwood gave this dress to her niece, Janice Gartrell, who donated it to the museum.

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The Plumb Plan of Government Ownership of Railroads

Howe, Frederic Clemson, 1867-1940

Trade union broadside announcement advertising the meeting place of a talk to discuss a proposed plan of government and employee ownership over the railroad industry. Mr. Frederick C.Howe delivered the talk at the City Auditorium, Wednesday Evening, August 13 at 8 O'clock. The exact date and city is unknown, though it may have taken place in Topeka.

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Murdock Band, Murdock, Kansas

An informal view of the members of the Murdock Band of Murdock, Kansas.

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John W. Clark

Photograph of John W. Clark who was a 2nd Lieutenant, Company B, 23rd Kansas Volunteer Infantry in the Spanish-American War. He served for four years in Cuba. Clark graduated in 1897 from Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas, School of Law and was the first African-American to do so. Judge Clark also served as a justice of the peace. He died in 1930.

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Samuel Reader lanternslide

Reader, Samuel J.

Hand painted lanternslide depicting a dentist's office, inside a handmade wood frame. Slide depicts a man having a tooth pulled by a dentist. The slide can be manipulated so the dentist appears to yank the tooth with a forceps. Part of a collection made by Samuel Reader between 1866 and 1913. Reader was a Kansas farmer who was active in the early Topeka community. He built two homes, served in the Civil War, and wrote in a diary nearly every day for 64 years. Reader began painting slides in 1866 and continued throughout much of his life, holding magic lantern shows for the local community in his house and at church.

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George Washington Brown

Medlar

A photograph of George Washington Brown, who in the autumn of 1854 moved to Lawrence, Kansas Territory where he settled with a group of New England emigrants. By October of that year he had constructed a building and became editor of one of the first free-state newspapers in the territory, the Herald of Freedom, the organ of the New England Emigrant Aid Company. The newspaper angered the proslavery forces in the territory. On May 21, 1856, a proslavery posse led by the notorious Douglas County sheriff, Samuel J. Jones arrested Brown and sacked and burned Lawrence. Brown spent four months incarcerated following an indictment by a proslavery grand jury for high treason. Later his case was dismissed without trial for want of cause for prosecution. He returned to Lawrence to rebuild his business and resume the publication of the Herald of Freedom. In the capacity of editor he served until the last issue of the newspaper on December 17, 1859. Brown?s interests included the founding of the city of Emporia and oil. In 1860 Brown drilled three wells in Miami County and began to extract oil. He finally decided to leave Kansas in 1865 for the more lucrative oil fields of Pennsylvania. His stay in Pennsylvania was brief, however, and by the end of the year he had journeyed to Rockford, Illinois, where he decided to take up permanent residence. Brown died there on February 5, 1915, at the age of ninety-four.

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Samuel J. Reader

Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914

This is a cabinet card showing Samuel J. Reader (1836-1914), who was born in Pennsylvania. He began a diary at the age of 13 and continued it until his death in 1914 at the age of 78. The diary--and the autobiography he wrote from it--describes his move to Kansas Territory in 1855, his claim near Topeka, his military experiences, farming, and his later service as Soldier Township trustee and school district clerk. He liberally illustrated his diary and recorded these events on canvas. His best known works are his drawings and paintings of territorial and Civil War experiences including the Battle of the Blue, which he is working on in this photograph. Although rather na´ve in style, Reader's illustrations provide a valuable record of early Kansas history, its social and political events.

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Henry and Mary Worrall playing guitars

Guitarist and artist Henry Worrall of Topeka, Kansas, plays music with his wife, Mary Elizabeth Harvey Worrall. Henry and Mary frequently performed together in Cincinnati, Ohio, before moving to Topeka, Kansas, in 1868. Worrall's celebrated solo guitar instrumentals "Sebastopol" and "Spanish Fandango" enjoyed great popularity in the nineteenth century. In the early twentieth century, Worrall's popular solo guitar pieces played a key role in the development of the guitar styles of southern rural folk musicians and country and blues musical idioms. Henry Worrall died in Topeka in 1902. Mary Worrall died in Topeka in 1915.

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Avis Chitwood

The Elite

This is a portrait of Avis Chitwood as a child. Avis was born in Mound City, December 29, 1893, and died in Topeka, January 25, 1994, at the age of 100. She is buried in Mount Hope Cemetery, Topeka. She was a teacher, painter, illustrator, printmaker, and etcher. She specialized in rustic buildings, wildflowers, and missions.

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Cattle in a fenced pasture

Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936

This is a view of cattle in a fenced pasture, next to a barn, on an unidentified farm presumed to be in Haskell County, Kansas. Also visible in the photograph are a man afoot, a horse-drawn carriage, a farmhouse and outlying farm buildings, and a man and boys astride horses.

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