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Vern Miller on a motorcycle

A photograph showing Vern Miller, Sedgwick County Deputy Sheriff, seated on a motorcycle.

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Fair bulletin

Miami County Agricultural and Mechanical Association

This fair bulletin lists the entertainment, activities, and exhibits that will be available at the Miami County fair in Paola, Kansas. Attractions include a mechanical department, a ladies' department, livestock exhibit, horse races, a poultry exhibit, live music, and fruit, floral, and vegetable displays. Fair officers are J. F. Donahoe, president, and G. P. Leavitt, secretary.

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Pittsburg Peace Festival, Cherokee County, Kansas

Blunk, Robert Jr.

This silent film by Robert Blunk Jr. documents the Pittsburg Peace Festival, otherwise known as the Kansas Woodstock, or Cornstalk. The rock music festival took place over Labor Day weekend (September 4-7) in 1970 southeast of Pittsburg, Kansas, in northern Cherokee County. Strangely, the film states the event took place in October of that year. Locals Kenny Ossana and Fulton Wilhelm organized the festival after being inspired by the Woodstock Music and Art Fair held in Woodstock, New York, the previous year. Featured bands included "Jerry Hahn and the Brotherhood" from San Francisco, California, and an early incarnation of the band "Kansas" from Topeka. The film includes only a very brief clip of a performing band. The majority of the film documents the festival organizers, attendees, vendors, and clean up. The festival sparked outrage over illicit drug use and may have influenced the 1970 state and local elections.

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Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club tour in Dodge City, Kansas

This photograph, taken in Dodge City, is a scene from the Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club's annual tour in 1913. Approximately 100 motorcyclists from eleven states gathered in Hutchinson on July 14 to embark on a nine-day journey to Denver, host city for the 1913 national convention of the Federation of American Motorcyclists. The tour group spent its first night in Larned, and arrived in Dodge City mid-day on July 15. The Short Grass tour followed a detailed itinerary, with events scheduled at designated points along the way. In Dodge City, amateur and professional motorcycle races were held on a two-mile track northeast of town that had been constructed specifically for the occasion. The races were marred somewhat by hot temperatures, wind, and dust, but the event still drew 1,000 spectators. In the evening, Dodge Citians entertained their guests with a bronco busting demonstration, a "parade of the suffragette band," and a reception featuring storytelling by some of the town's old-timers. After Dodge City, the tour's remaining overnight stops were all in Colorado, including the cities of Holly, Las Animas, Pueblo, Canon City, and Colorado Springs. The Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club was founded in Rexford in the summer of 1910 under the leadership of Dr. Benjamin J. Patterson. The club achieved national attention and acclaim, largely because of its well-publicized, long-distance motorcycle tours into Colorado and Wyoming. The Short Grass club was most active between 1910 and 1915, sponsoring tours each of those years except 1914. During its heyday, the club described itself as "the most famous motorcycle club in the world."

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Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club tour in Dodge City, Kansas

This photograph, taken in Dodge City, is a scene from the Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club's annual tour in 1913. Approximately 100 motorcyclists from eleven states gathered in Hutchinson on July 14 to embark on a nine-day journey to Denver, host city for the 1913 national convention of the Federation of American Motorcyclists. The tour group spent its first night in Larned, and arrived in Dodge City mid-day on July 15. The Short Grass tour followed a detailed itinerary, with events scheduled at designated points along the way. In Dodge City, amateur and professional motorcycle races were held on a two-mile track northeast of town that had been constructed specifically for the occasion. The races were marred somewhat by hot temperatures, wind, and dust, but the event still drew 1,000 spectators. In the evening, Dodge Citians entertained their guests with a bronco busting demonstration, a "parade of the suffragette band," and a reception featuring storytelling by some of the town's old-timers. After Dodge City, the tour's remaining overnight stops were all in Colorado, including the cities of Holly, Las Animas, Pueblo, Canon City, and Colorado Springs. The Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club was founded in Rexford in the summer of 1910 under the leadership of Dr. Benjamin J. Patterson. The club achieved national attention and acclaim, largely because of its well-publicized, long-distance tours into Colorado and Wyoming. The Short Grass club was most active between 1910 and 1915, sponsoring tours each of those years except 1914. During its heyday, the club described itself as "the most famous motorcycle club in the world."

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Motorcycle race, Gray County, Kansas

This photograph shows a motorcycle race at the Gray County, Kansas, fair grounds.

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Union Pacific Railroad Company depot, Bavaria, Kansas

This photograph shows two men on a motorcycle in front of the Union Pacific Railroad Company depot at Bavaria, Kansas.

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Vern Miller

A photograph showing Vern Miller, Sedgwick County Sheriff, seated on a motorcycle. He served as Sheriff from1964 to 1970.

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Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club tour in Larned, Kansas

Participants in the Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club's annual tour are preparing to leave Larned in this photograph made on July 15, 1913. Larned was the first overnight stop on the 1913 tour, which originated in Hutchinson the day before. Approximately 100 motorcyclists came from eleven states to make the nine-day journey to Denver, host city for the 1913 national convention of the Federation of American Motorcyclists. The Short Grass tour followed a detailed itinerary, with events scheduled at designated points along the way. In Larned, the group's stay featured a series of six professional and amateur motorcycle races at the fairgrounds. Evening events included a band concert and a social gathering. Other overnight stops on the 1913 tour included Dodge City and the following cities in Colorado: Holly, Las Animas, Pueblo, Canon City, and Colorado Springs. The Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club was founded in Rexford in 1910 under the leadership of Dr. Benjamin J. Patterson. It achieved national attention and acclaim, largely because of its well-publicized, long-distance motorcycle tours into Colorado and Wyoming. The Short Grass club was most active between 1910 and 1915, sponsoring tours each year except 1914. During its heyday, the club described itself as "the most famous motorcycle club in the world."

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Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club pathfinders in Pratt, Kansas

In this photograph, two riders pose on their Indian motorcycles, ready to leave Pratt on a pathfinding mission in advance of the Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club's annual tour. Plans called for the tour to originate in Garden City, and extend into Nebraska, Wyoming, and Colorado. The pathfinders' job was to select the routes, make arrangements for fuel, supplies, and campground locations, and attend to other logistical details. The tour itself departed from Garden City on August 11, 1912, with one of the main itinerary attractions being Frontier Days in Cheyenne, Wyoming. A handwritten note beneath the image identifies the two pathfinders as Cross and Bennett. The latter is Wells Bennett, a Wichita native who was one of the state's leading dirt-track racers at the time. He would later establish himself as a premier national competitor in several motorcycle event categories. Bennett was inducted into the national Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2000, and is described by the Hall of Fame as "one of the pioneers of motorcycle racing," and "one of the greatest cross-country riders of all time." The Kansas Short Grass Motorcycle Club was founded in Rexford in 1910 under the leadership of Dr. Benjamin J. Patterson. It achieved national attention and acclaim, largely because of its well-publicized, long-distance motorcycle tours into Colorado and Wyoming. The Short Grass club was most active between 1910 and 1915, sponsoring tours each year except 1914. During its heyday, the club described itself as "the most famous motorcycle club in the world."

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