On March 15, National Kansas Day recognizes The Sunflower State.
Magnificent herds of bison, elk, mule deer and antelope roamed the vast open plains populated by Cherokee, Osage, Pawnee and many other tribes. The region became a part of the United States with the Louisiana Purchase in 1803.

Generations of travelers came to Kansas as the country expanded. From the Corps of Discover in 1804 to the Pony Express, all the roads in Kansas seemed to point westward.
Railroads brought rapid settlement to the territory and with it the divisive decision for citizens regarding statehood. Would Kansas be free or slave? The debates turned so vicious, the territory earned the name “Bleeding Kansas” before entering the union as the 34th state and free.

Kansas: The History of the Sunflower State, 1854-2000 Hardcover – October 21, 2002

by Craig Miner (Author)
Kansas: The History of the Sunflower State, 1854-2000 Hardcover – October 21, 2002

by Craig Miner (Author)

With the railroads, ranching, livestock, and agriculture grew. The verdant, fertile soil of the Kansas farmland made the state the Breadbasket of the World.
Frank L. Baum even depicted farm life for one young girl named Dorothy in his books about a place called Oz. 

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz took the world by storm, especially when Hollywood put Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Jack Haley, Bert Lahr, Frank Morgan, Margaret Hamilton and Billie Burke in the cast. There was indeed no place like home, no place like Kansas.

Judy Garland (Actor), Frank Morgan (Actor), & 1 more  Format: Blu-ray
Judy Garland (Actor), Frank Morgan (Actor), & 1 more 

One of the most critical decisions in Civil Rights history took place in Topeka, Kansas. The appeal of Brown vs. the Board of Education was brought before the Supreme Court of the United States in 1954. What had started with groups of parents and teachers in all-black schools in communities across the country had finally culminated in a final decision. Separate but equal violated the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice Hardcover – November 10, 2016

by Susan Goldman Rubin  (Author)
Brown v. Board of Education: A Fight for Simple Justice Hardcover – November 10, 2016

by Susan Goldman Rubin  (Author)

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalKansasDay

Discover the trails and byways of Kansas! Follow the Yellow Brick Road, find an adventure and history or explore the back roads. Dive into barbeque while listening to live jazz. Celebrate National Kansas Day with us! Use #NationalKansasDay to share on social media.

Hidden Treasures


Coronado Heights Castle – Lindsborg


Dorothy’s House and Land of Oz – Liberal

World’s Largest Ball of Twine – Cawker City

Geographical Center of the Contiguous United States – Lebanon

World’s Largest Czech Egg – Wilson


Bessie Anderson Stanley – Writer – (1879 – 1952)

Bessie Anderson Stanley - He Has Achieved Success - 11x14 Unframed Typography Book Page Print - Great Gift and Decor for Poets, Artists and Home Under $15

by Personalized Signs by Lone Star Art
Bessie Anderson Stanley – He Has Achieved Success – 11×14 Unframed Typography Book Page Print – Great Gift and Decor for Poets, Artists and Home Under $15

by Personalized Signs by Lone Star Art

Clarence Batchelor – Cartoonist – (April 1, 1888 – September 5, 1977)


Hattie McDaniel – Actress – (June 10, 1895 – October 26, 1952)

Hattie: The Life of Hattie McDaniel Kindle Edition

by Carlton Jackson  (Author)
Hattie: The Life of Hattie McDaniel Kindle Edition

by Carlton Jackson  (Author)

Buster Keaton – Actor – (October 4, 1895 – February 1, 1966)

The Buster Keaton Collection - Volume 1 (The General / Steamboat Bill, Jr.) [Blu-ray]

Blu-ray

Buster Keaton (Actor, Director, Writer), Marion Mack (Actor), & 2 more
The Buster Keaton Collection – Volume 1 (The General / Steamboat Bill, Jr.) [Blu-ray]

Blu-ray

Buster Keaton (Actor, Director, Writer), Marion Mack (Actor), & 2 more

Amelia Earhart – Aviator – (July 24, 1897 – January 5, 1939)

Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart Kindle Edition

by Candace Fleming  (Author)
Amelia Lost: The Life and Disappearance of Amelia Earhart Kindle Edition

by Candace Fleming  (Author)
Amelia

Hilary Swank (Actor), Richard
Donat
Amelia

Hilary Swank (Actor), Richard Donat (Actor)  


Aaron Douglas – Painter – (May 26, 1899 – February 2, 1979)

Aaron Douglas: Art, Race, and the Harlem Renaissance Paperback – June 1, 1995

by Amy Helene Kirschke (Author)
Aaron Douglas: Art, Race, and the Harlem Renaissance Paperback – June 1, 1995

by Amy Helene Kirschke (Author)

William Inge – Playwright – (May 3, 1913 – June 10, 1973)

Life of William Inge: The Strains of Triumph Hardcover – June 1, 1989

by Ralph F. Voss  (Author)
Life of William Inge: The Strains of Triumph Hardcover – June 1, 1989

by Ralph F. Voss  (Author)

Gwendolyn Brooks – Poet – (June 7, 1917 – December 3, 2000)

The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks: (American Poets Project #19) Hardcover – November 17, 2005

by Gwendolyn Brooks (Author), Elizabeth Alexander (Editor)
The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks: (American Poets Project #19) Hardcover – November 17, 2005

by Gwendolyn Brooks (Author), Elizabeth Alexander (Editor)

Charlie Parker – Saxophonist – (August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955)

Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (Music in American Life) Hardcover – August 23, 2013

by Chuck Haddix  (Author)
Bird: The Life and Music of Charlie Parker (Music in American Life) Hardcover – August 23, 2013

by Chuck Haddix  (Author)
Ken Burns Jazz

Ken Burns JAZZ Collection Charlie Parker 
Ken Burns Jazz

Ken Burns JAZZ Collection Charlie Parker 


Robert Altman – Film Director – (February 20, 1925 – November 20, 2006)

Robert Altman: The Oral Biography by Zuckoff Mitchell (2009-10-20) Hardcover Hardcover 
Robert Altman: The Oral Biography by Zuckoff Mitchell (2009-10-20) Hardcover Hardcover 


Harrison Ford – Actor – (July 13, 1942 -)

Harrison Ford a Biography Hardcover – June 1, 1992

by Robert Sellers  (Author)
Harrison Ford a Biography Hardcover – June 1, 1992

by Robert Sellers  (Author)
Harrison Ford: The Films Hardcover – February 4, 2005

by Brad Duke  (Author)
Harrison Ford: The Films Hardcover – February 4, 2005

by Brad Duke  (Author)

Basil Poledouris – Composer – (August 21, 1945 – November 8, 2006)

The Film Music of Basil Poledouris

Basil Poledouris (Author) 
The Film Music of Basil Poledouris

Basil Poledouris (Author) 


Lynette Woodard – Basketball coach – (August 12, 1959 – )

Lynette Woodard: The First Female Globetrotter (Sports Stars) Paperback – October 1, 1986

by Bert Rosenthal  (Author)
Lynette Woodard: The First Female Globetrotter (Sports Stars) Paperback – October 1, 1986

by Bert Rosenthal  (Author)

Melissa Etheridge – Singer/Songwriter – (May 29, 1961 – )

The Truth Is... My Life in Love and Music Hardcover – June 19, 2001

by Melissa Etheridge  (Author), Laura Morton  (Author)
The Truth Is… My Life in Love and Music Hardcover – June 19, 2001

by Melissa Etheridge  (Author), Laura Morton  (Author)

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