Big Bluestem

The legendary native grass of the tallgrass prairie is more than a quality forage.

Kansas Historical Markers

Over 120 historical markers dot the Kansas landscape, telling the story of our fascinating state. If you are looking for the Kansas historical markers, the Kansas Historical Society offers a complete listing organized by county. Each entry provides the full text of the marker, along with its address and GPS coordinates. As you visit the…

Johnny Kaw: A Tall Tale

He was born on a night when a stormy wind blew; Five minutes old, already six feet two. Thus begins the story of Kansas’s own legendary hero and Paul Bunyan figure, Johnny Kaw. Johnny Kaw: A Tall Tale by Devin Scillian presents the story in a format that children will love—playful verse accompanied by hilarious…

Territorial Kansas Online

Looking for an extensive depository of digitized primary source material related to the turbulent territorial days of Kansas? Try Territorial Kansas Online, a project developed by the Kansas State Historical Society and the University of Kansas. Territorial Kansas Online displays a wide range of artifacts dating from 1854 to 1861, including: Letters. Speeches. Articles. Pamphlets….

2018 Reading Challenge: Kansas

A new year—a new reading challenge! This year, Kansas is the theme. To complete the challenge, you must read 12 Kansas-related books by the end of 2018: A book about Kansas prior to 1854. A book about Kansas flora. A fictional book written by a Kansas author. A book about territorial Kansas. A book about…

George M. Beebe

George M. Beebe was born on October 28, 1836, in New York. Like many politicians, he first chose to pursue the legal profession, being admitted to the bar in 1857. He began practicing in Monticello, New York, but later that year moved to Peoria, Illinois, where he briefly worked as the editor of the Central…

Samuel Medary

From an early age, Samuel Medary, native of Pennsylvania, was a influential Democrat, his foremost weapon being his formidable pen. He was born in 1801; 16 years later he was already contributing prose and poetry to the Norristown Herald. After a series of moves and some time spent as a rural schoolteacher, Medary established his…

Hugh Sleight Walsh

Hugh Sleight Walsh was born on November 10, 1810, in New Windsor, New York. He spent his entire childhood and much of his early adulthood in New York, but also lived for a time in Alabama before coming to Kansas Territory in 1857. In Kansas, Walsh worked as a private secretary, first to Frederick P….

James W. Denver

James W. Denver was born in Winchester, Virginia, on October 23, 1817. He grew up on a farm in that state, but about the time he reached adulthood he went with his parents to Ohio, where he studied engineering. Engineering was not Denver’s calling, however. In 1841, he moved to Missouri and spent some time…