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Jan 22

Celebrate Kansas Day with History

Posted on January 22, 2016 at 8:08 AM by Allie Lockwood

Kansas became a state on January 29, 1861, and this year celebrates its 155th birthday.  You can learn more about the 34th state’s early history with the Gale Kansas History database, which covers the Territorial through Civil War years – 1854-1865.  Find a wide variety of documents: personal narratives and memoirs, pamphlets and political speeches, sermons and songs, legal treatises and children’s books.  You can go directly to over 40 key subject searches, or do your own search for information and documents.   With this database, you can also read introductory essays with links to documents on the history of Kansas, including life on the frontier, Kansas as a territory, and Kansas as a state. 

Some documents found in the database include:

  • Inaugural Address of R.J. Walker, governor of Kansas Territory, delivered in Lecompton, May 27, 1857.
  • Six months in Kansas by Hannah Anderson Ropes, 1856.
  • Public documents of the state of Kansas for the year 1862, published in Lawrence, KS.
  • Line etchings: a trip from the Missouri River to the Rocky Mountains, via the Kansas Pacific Railway, 1875.
Check out the Gale Kansas History database at:

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