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Modern Ledger Art Painting

Corcoran, Dolores Purdy

A large, framed drawing entitled "Caddo Women taking repatriation of Ghost Dance Pole into their own hands" by Dolores Purdy Corcoran. According to Corcoran, this is a "contemporary work done in historical fashion dealing with a contemporary issue," that of fighting the illegal trafficking and looting of American Indian artifacts. Rendered in black ink and colored pencil on two pages of a ruled district court ledger, the piece shows five faceless women with black hair and colorful robes fleeing from three soldiers dressed in blue uniforms. All of the figures are on horseback. Two of the women hold the ends of a green and black pole. Dolores Purdy Corcoran is a member of the Caddo Nation of Oklahoma and is a resident of Topeka, Kansas. She purchased the antique ledger, dating from 1890, in an antique store in Scranton, Kansas. Corcoran's work is informed by the ledger art created by the warriors of native tribes while imprisoned in St. Augustine, Florida. She likes to work with ledger paper and colored pencils because they are the same tools used by her ancestors.

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Thunder Over the Flint Hills

Casebeer, Kimberly

Pastel painting entitled Thunder Over the Flint Hills. The artist, Kimberly Casebeer, grew up in rural Southeast Kansas and studied art at Kansas State University until 1992. She later established a studio in Lenexa, Kansas. Casebeer is a plein-air painter specializing in Kansas landscapes. Her works have been shown at the Wichita Center for the Arts, the Birger Sandzen Museum in Lindsborg, and the Mulvane Art Museum in Topeka.

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Robert Laushman video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Laushman, Robert

Robert Laushman enlisted in the Army (Air Force) in 1943 and served until 1945 in the 39th Air Depot Group Dance Band, 11th Air Force. He spent most of his time in the service at Elmendorf Field, Anchoarge, Alaska. Interviewed by Nancy L. Porter on Nov 9, 2007, Laushman talked about military experiences in the Second World War. He was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on June 6, 1923, and graduated from Omaha South High School in June l942. He enlisted in the Air Force and was called up in April 1943. He attended Hastings College in Nebraska until he was called up. After the war, he attended Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa, on the G. I. Bill. He worked a number of years as a high school band director. It is not clear when he and his wife moved to Lawrence, Kansas. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Watkins Community Museum of History (Lawrence) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.

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Ron Clayton oral history

Clayton, Ron

A fireman in Mullinsville, Kansas, ten miles west of Greensburg, in Kiowa County, Ron Clayton describes his experience as a first responder to the May 4, 2007, EF5 tornado that destroyed Greensburg.

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Beatrice Coats interview, WWII oral history, Kinsley, Kansas

Coats, Beatrice Josephine (Basgall)

This is an interview with Beatrice Coats, part of an oral history project entitled "Patchwork of Dependency: The Effects of WWII on Edwards County, Kansas" conducted by the Kinsley Public Library. The project was supported by a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant. Beatrice talks of her family, education, and the home front during WWII.

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Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject businesses

Kansas Film Commission

These are panoramic photographs of locations in Kansas created by the Kansas Film Commission to promote scenes to film companies. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject and then location. The subject of this part of the collection is businesses, including banks, bars, general stores, food stores, funeral homes, gas stations, hotels, malls, miscellaneous buildings, newspaper offices, restaurants, toy stores, and workshops.

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Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject feedlots - grain elevators

Kansas Film Commission

These are panoramic photographs of locations in Kansas created by the Kansas Film Commission to promote scenes to film companies. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject and then location. The subjects included in this part of the collection are feedlots, festivals, fire stations, forts, geological formations, golf courses, and grain elevators.

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Todd Strait

This is a photograph of Todd Strait as a young boy. He grew up in northeast Shawnee County Kansas, and attended Seaman High School where he started playing the drums and became interested in jazz music. He entered the Slingerland-Bellson National Drum Contest at age 17 and completed the final round in Las Vegas, Nevada, in second place. After graduating from Seaman High School, he moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he studied at the University of Bridgeport with Ed Soph as part of a scholarship awarded through the contest. Todd joined Marian McPartland's Trio from 1982-1989, also was a member of Tal Farlow's trio and Barney Kessel's trio throughout the '80s as well as free lancing throughout New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Todd enjoyed a short 3 month stint with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd in 1986. Returning to Kansas City in late 1989, he spent the 90's performing, recording, and traveling nationally and internationally with Kevin Mahogany (1995-2000), Eldar (1999-2010), and Karrin Allyson (1991-2014). He frequently returns to KC to play and record with Bob Bowman, Danny Embrey, Rod Fleeman, Paul Smith, etc.

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Todd Strait's scrapbooks

Strait, Todd

Selected materials from two scrapbooks compiled by Todd Strait, a jazz drummer from Topeka, Kansas. Strait grew up in northeast Shawnee County, Kansas, and attended Seaman High School where he started playing the drums and became interested in jazz music. He entered the Slingerland-Bellson National Drum Contest at age 17 and completed the final round in Las Vegas, Nevada, in second place. After graduating from Seaman High School, he moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he studied at the University of Bridgeport with Ed Soph as part of a scholarship awarded through the contest. Todd joined Marian McPartland's Trio from 1982-1989, also was a member of Tal Farlow's trio and Barney Kessel's trio throughout the '80s as well as free lancing throughout New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Todd enjoyed a short 3 month stint with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd in 1986. Returning to Kansas City in late 1989, he spent the 90's performing, recording, and traveling nationally and internationally with Kevin Mahogany (1995-2000), Eldar (1999-2010), and Karrin Allyson (1991-2014). He frequently returns to KC to play and record with Bob Bowman, Danny Embrey, Rod Fleeman, Paul Smith, etc.

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Todd Strait, Paul Smith and Bob Bowman

This is a photograph of jazz musicians Todd Strait, Paul Smith and Bob Bowman. Strait grew up in northeast Shawnee County, Kansas, and attended Seaman High School where he started playing the drums and became interested in jazz music. He entered the Slingerland-Bellson National Drum Contest at age 17 and completed the final round in Las Vegas, Nevada, in second place. After graduating from Seaman High School, he moved to Bridgeport, Connecticut, where he studied at the University of Bridgeport with Ed Soph as part of a scholarship awarded through the contest. Todd joined Marian McPartland's Trio from 1982-1989, also was a member of Tal Farlow's trio and Barney Kessel's trio throughout the '80s as well as free lancing throughout New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. Todd enjoyed a short 3 month stint with Woody Herman's Thundering Herd in 1986. Returning to Kansas City in late 1989, he spent the 90's performing, recording, and traveling nationally and internationally with Kevin Mahogany (1995-2000), Eldar (1999-2010), and Karrin Allyson (1991-2014). He frequently returns to KC to play and record with Bob Bowman, Danny Embrey, Rod Fleeman, Paul Smith, etc.

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