Kansas Day is January 29! Kansas became a state in 1861 after a volatile period as a territory which had bold consequences for the nation as a whole. The Special Collections Room has a number of books about the history of the Kansas territory that you may browse through or check out (with the permission of the Special Collections Librarian). Here are a couple of titles that feature the history of Bleeding Kansas.
Peacekeeping on the Plains: Army Operations in Bleeding Kansas by Tony R. Mullis
War to the Knife: Bleeding Kansas, 1854-1861 by Thomas Goodrich
For more information on the era of Bleeding Kansas, the Kansas State Historical Society has a digital collection titled “Territorial Kansas Online” which features many primary sources.
Next year, in 2011, Kansas will celebrate her 150th birthday. A number of institutions and organizations throughout the state will be planning events for the sesquicentennial celebration. I will share those events with you though this blog in the coming months. In the meantime, the State Library of Kansas has started a blog titled Kansas 150 SLK at http://kansas150slk.blogspot.com/ which will feature information about the past and present history of Kansas. They will be posting every two weeks over the next year, and every week in 2011. The most current blog post is titled “In the Beginning: Kansas Geology”.
Happy Kansas Day!
Patty Nicholas, Special Collections Librarian