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Virtual Risk Takers and Pizza Makers: Kansas Entrepreneurs

Guided virtual tour — Kansas Museum of History, Topeka

Grade — Fourth

Overview — Who wants pizza? Everybody! That's what made Pizza Hut such a success. This tour reveals the contributions of famous Kansas entrepreneurs highlighted in the museum gallery, including Joseph McCoy, Fred Harvey, Walter Anderson, and the Carney brothers of Pizza Hut fame. Interestingly, they all relate to food.

To conclude our in-person tours, students would make a personal-size pizza using standardized techniques learned on the tour. We have included the recipe below if you wish to include this after your virtual tour.

Recipe instructions: Follow these instructions carefully to understand standardization of fast food.

Items needed for a class of 25 students:

English muffins (1/2 muffin for each student)

Shredded cheese (2 tablespoons per pizza, approximately 30 ounces for a class of 20-25)

Pizza sauce (1 tablespoon per pizza, approximately 15 ounces for a class of 20-25)

  1. Wash hands.
  2. Wipe down workspace.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  4. Place one half of an English muffin on a plate. Measure 1 tablespoon of pizza sauce and spread it evenly on muffin, all the way to the edges.
  5. Top sauce with 2 tablespoons shredded mozzarella cheese. Spread evenly over muffin.
  6. Bake pizza in oven for 7 minutes (or until cheese melts).
  7. Remove from oven and serve.


Kansas History, Government and Social Studies Standards (2020)

Standard #3: Societies are shaped by beliefs, ideas, and diversity.

  • Benchmark 3.1: The student will recognize and evaluate how societies are shaped by the identities, beliefs, and practices of individual groups.

ELA Reading Informational Standards (2017)

SL.4.3 The student will identify the reasons and evidence a speaker provides to support particular points.

Fee — $30

Length of tour — 45 to 60 minutes to meet your content and time requirements

Number of students in a group — Unlimited

Registration and scheduling — Register online, or contact 785-272-8681, ext. 415; kshs.education@ks.gov. Tours must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.

Additional resources that complement this tour:

Read Kansas! lesson

Activity Guide on Famous Kansans