My Kansas

Back in 2011, the Kansas Department of Commerce, Travel and Tourism Division, published a spectacular 160-page collection of best-of-Kansas scenes by the best Kansas photographers. This book, My Kansas: A Photographic Journey Across the Sunflower State, may now be easier to borrow than to buy. But if you can find a copy, by all meansContinue reading “My Kansas”

Get Ready for December 2016

Christmas will be here before you know it! Prepare tasty treats and heartfelt gifts from your own homegrown offerings, and snuggle up on the couch for a little storytelling. Retell the story of Sod Corn Jones. Read Scripture passages about the meaning of Christmas. Make a sweet potato beetle. Encourage your child to start anContinue reading “Get Ready for December 2016”

Registers of Historic Places

Looking for a particular landmark, or just curious to know what historic places are in your part of Kansas?  Check out the registers kept by the Kansas Historical Society. These databases can help you view historic sites listed in several places: National Register of Historic Places. Register of Kansas Historic Places. Kansas Historic Resources Inventory.Continue reading “Registers of Historic Places”

6 Great Birdwatching Resources…and a Bonus!

Don’t let that summer heat turn you off of birdwatching. Fall migration season is just around the corner! Are you ready? Stock your birdwatching bookshelf with good identification tools before you need them. Here are a few that we’ve enjoyed: Peterson Field Guides to Birds: Every birdwatcher needs a good field guide, and these haveContinue reading “6 Great Birdwatching Resources…and a Bonus!”

Pawnee Indian Museum

The site of the present-day Pawnee Indian Museum near Republic, Kansas, was accepted by the state in 1901, making it the oldest State Historic Site. The site was dedicated and opened to the public that same year. Thousands came to witness the ceremony and to see a granite monument—to an event that never happened inContinue reading “Pawnee Indian Museum”