TOPEKA -- United States Vice-President Charles Curtis called Kansas home. Curtis was one year and four days old when Kansas became a state on January 29, 1861, 150 years ago this Saturday.
As a prequel to the official Kansas 150 commemoration, we celebrate Curtis’ 151st birthday on Tuesday, January 25th, at 7:00 pm in the Topeka Room (second floor) at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library with a talk about his trials and triumphs by Laura Andrews, local historian and Curtis expert.
Curtis grew up with the new state and served as an attorney, county prosecutor for Shawnee County, a U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator and as U.S. Vice-President under Hoover. He was the first multi-racial Vice-President with documented Native American, French and English ancestry.
Curtis was instrumental in bridging the gap between his Native American and Caucasian roots. He was born into the “Wild West” and lived through the early days of Kansas’ statehood. Come learn about early Kansas through the experiences of this native son.
In addition to that Kansas 150th event, come in on Sunday, January 30, from 2:00-3:00 pm for The Wyandotte Constitution, lead by Leon Graves, a lawyer and historian, who discusses the constitution-making process and some of the remarkable men and women who participated.
For more information, contact the Topeka Room at 785-580-4510.