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Kansas Celebrates 150 Years with a Variety of Events

TOPEKA, KS-The Kansas Historical Society invites the public to participate in Kansas Day commemorations January 27-30. Although Kansas Day is officially Saturday, January 29, this year’s events span several days to kick off a year of events commemorating the 150th anniversary of Kansas statehood.

The Historical Society’s Kansas Day events include: . Kansas 150 Stamp First Day of Issue Ceremony – This ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Thursday, January 27, at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka. Emcee Melissa Brunner, WIBW-TV, will be joined by Governor Sam Brownback and officials from the United States Postal Service. First day of issue stamps and stamp cachets will be available for purchase and stamp cancellation will take place following the ceremony. .

Kansas Day at the Capitol – The public is invited to attend this ceremony at 10 a.m., Friday, January 28, on the south steps of the Kansas State Capitol (weather permitting). The ceremony will be broadcast live on PBS affiliate stations across Kansas. The 35th Infantry Division Band will perform at 9:45 a.m., prior to the televised portion of the ceremony. The program continues at 10 with a flyover by a KC-135 from the Kansas Air National Guard, followed by posting of the colors by the We-Ta-Se American Legion Post 410 Honor Guard, singing of the national anthem, speeches by Governor Brownback and Kansas legislators, reading of a Kansas Day poem by Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, and singing of the state song, /Home on the Range/. .

Kansas Day at the Museum – This free two-day event begins Friday, January 28, with programs for schools and homeschoolers. Friday’s activities include live performances, hands-on learning activities, demonstrations of historic crafts and skills, interaction with historic reenactors, and a special appearance at 11:30 a.m. by Governor Brownback. All activities and museum gallery admission are free Friday.

Activities continue Saturday, January 29, with a celebration of Kansas diversity through live music performances, food, and art and craft presentations and displays. All activities are free; reduced museum admission of $1.50 applies. In addition to Kansas merchandise available from the Museum Store, some arts and crafts displayers will be selling their work. Sts. Peter & Paul Orthodox Church will be selling Greek and Lebanese food and the Alma Bakery & Sweet Shoppe will be selling baked goods. . Opening of /150 Things I Love About Kansas/ Exhibit – This new exhibit, opening Friday, January 28, at the Kansas Museum of History, features 150 objects, images, or quotes from the museum’s collections. Items represent the following Kansas themes: landscape, Wizard of Oz, people, sunflowers, weather, wheat, wild west, bleeding Kansas/Civil War, business, and the 1961 Kansas centennial. . Free /Wizard of Oz/ showing – A free showing of the 1939 movie

The Wizard of Oz will begin at 6:30 p.m. at the Kansas Museum of History. Costumed characters from the film will be available for photo opportunities 5:30-6:30. Visitors can enjoy free admission to the museum, including the new 150 Things I Love About Kansas exhibit, until 6:30 p.m. .

Kansas Day at the state historic sites

The following state historic sites will host Kansas Day events: January 28-Constitution Hall in Lecompton, Fort Hays in Hays, Goodnow House in Manhattan, Pawnee Indian Museum in Republic, and William Allen White House in Emporia. January 29-Grinter Place in Kansas City, John Brown Museum in Osawatomie, Kaw Mission in Council Grove, and Shawnee Indian Mission in Fairway.

January 30-Constitution Hall in Lecompton. The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency that operates the Kansas Museum of History, State Archives & Library, Kansas Capitol Tour Center, and 16 state historic sites. For more information visit kshs.org. The Kansas Historical Society does not discriminate on the basis of disability in admission to, access to, or operation of its programs. The Historical Society requests prior notification to accommodate individuals with special needs or disabilities.

Teresa Jenkins Public Information Officer Kansas Historical Society

6425 SW Sixth Avenue Topeka, Kansas 66615-1099

785.272.8681 ext. 263

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