Kansas entered our union on January 29, 1861. Here are some things you might not know about the “Jayhawk State.” Topeka is the state capitol of Kansas, and the state is more than 200,000 km in size. The state flower of Kansas is the sunflower, and “Home on the Range” is its state song. Its name originated from a Sioux word that means “people of the south wind”, and the buffalo is the state animal of Kansas. The Santa Fe Trail passes through Kansas, and there are many historic landmarks related to the Santa Fe Railroad in Kansas. The attached picture is of the Rock Island Depot in Abilene, Kansas. Sumner County, Kansas is regarded as the “Wheat Capital of the World.” Kansas was admitted to the union as a free state, but only after a fierce battle over the issue of slavery took place in the region just before the commencement of the Civil War. In 1887, Argonia, Kansas elected Susan Madora Salter as the first female mayor in the United States. Amelia Earhart, Walter Chrysler, Earl Wilbur Sutherland, Charlie Parker, Emmett Kelly, Gale Sayers, Gwendolyn Brooks, Buster Keaton, Osa Johnson, George Washington Carver, George Brett, Karla Burns, Charles Koch, Robert Dole, Victor Ortiz, Melissa Etheridge, and Barry Sanders all were born or resided in Kansas.
One of Kansas’ best known native sons is Dwight D Eisenhower. Eisenhower was the 34th president, and lived much of his life in Abilene, KS. He was a West Point graduate, led the Allied Invasion of Europe, and became the Supreme Commander of NATO forces in Europe before returning home to become president. I visited the Eisenhower Presidential Library & Museum website (www.eisenhower.archives.gov) and learned a great many things about him, as well as the events that took place during his presidency. I even reviewed one of his presidential appointment books! One of Eisenhower’s quotes I particularly enjoyed was: “Some politician some years ago said that bad officials are elected by good voters who do not vote.” The The Eisenhower Foundation supports the Eisenhower Presidential Library, as well as the Library’s events and programs, research, history project competitions, citizenship programs, and its periodic newsletter. You can learn more about the Eisenhower Presidential Library and support the Dwight D. Eisenhower Foundation by visiting http://www.dwightdeisenhower.com If you stop by, take a look at the WWII Honor Roll Kiosk. It has individual pages dedicated to people who served in World War II. I could not find out how many people were included in the database, but the list appeared to be voluminous!