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Kansas State Capitol - Online tour - Education

Education by Lumen Martin WinterSecond floor

Education by Lumen Martin Winter, second floor rotunda, northeast corner

For most rural Kansans, education before 1950 meant attending a one-room school. White frame or native stone one-room schoolhouses dotted the communities of Kansas. The children who attended ranged in age from five to 21 and endured dust storms, prairie fires, and cattle drives swirling past the school house in order to get an eighth grade education. They arrived to school on foot, on horseback, or in a wagon. When they arrived on their first day of school they may have only known how to speak a foreign language but they soon learned how to speak, read, spell, and write English.