TOPEKA — The Kansas Historical Society announced that the Kansas Museum of History will host Kansas Day activities for schools, homeschoolers, and the general public 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Friday, January 27. This event commemorates the 151st anniversary of Kansas statehood, January 29, 1861. In addition to performances and other activities, visitors to the Museum will enjoy free admission to the Museum, including the new temporary exhibit You Are Here: Putting Kansas on the Map.
This exhibit features the best maps from our collections, as well as a couple rare maps on loan from other collections. The Museum is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue, Topeka. Groups of 10 or more are asked to register in advance. For more information call 785-272-8681 or visit kshs.org.
Musician, singer, and storyteller Thad Beach will perform “Kansas the 34th Star” at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Beach’s performance will include state symbol riddles; songs about the state seal, native people, and trails; a birthday celebration; and his original song, Famous Kansans. Music will be performed on a variety of instruments, including guitar, harmonica, fiddle, Native American flute, lumberjack, washboard, and jaw harp. Meteorologist Drew Switzer from WIBW Channel 13 will share stories about Kansas weather at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Hands-on activities include a scavenger hunt through the Museum gallery, voting for your favorite notable Kansan, and exploration of Kansas symbols, state geography, the Underground Railroad, Pawnee Indians, and transportation. Historic craft demonstrators will help visitors weave on a loom, play a hand-carved Native American flute, and see how farmers and ranchers made rope.
Demonstrators will also share their skills in making baskets, sewing quilts, knitting and more. Visitors can also touch and examine a bison bladder "water bottle,” try on Civil War uniforms, see a candle mold, and sit in a train seat once used by cowboys as they moved their cattle across Kansas.
Visit kshs.org for other Kansas Day commemorations across the state.