From universities to the state fair, dozens of organizations are marking anniversaries this year.
160th anniversary of Fort Riley. Its initial purpose was to keep an eye on neighboring Native American tribes and protect traders and settlers along Kansas’ trails.
150th anniversary of Jesse Chisholm starting the first business in Wichita, a trading post.
150th anniversary of William Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence, in which Quantrill and his raiders killed 150 abolitionists, all of them men.
150th anniversary of Kansas State University and Emporia State University.
125th anniversary of the Kansas Humane Society.
120th anniversary of Kansas Children’s Service League.
103rd anniversary of Davis & Jack, LLC – Attorneys at law
100th anniversary of Downing and Lahey mortuary in Wichita.
100th anniversary of Kansas State Fair in Hutchinson.
85th anniversary of when oil was discovered in Sedgwick County, with the drilling of the Wright well. In 1928, Wichita hotel lobbies suddenly filled with prospectors – and almost overnight, the entire county was leased for drilling.
75th anniversary of when Wichitan Sidney Toler began playing Charlie Chan in Hollywood movies.
75th anniversary of when Fort Scott native Gordon Parks bought his first camera in a Seattle pawn shop.
75th anniversary of when the Brown-Atchison Electric Cooperative began stringing wire to farms in those counties. Other rural electric cooperatives soon followed throughout the state.
75th anniversary of the Midian Shrine Circus, the local Shriners’ largest annual fundraiser.
70th anniversary of Catholic Charities in Wichita.
70th anniversary of when B-29s began flying from bases in Pratt, Walker, Salina, Herington and Great Bend. More than 24,000 B-29 pilots trained at Kansas air bases. The concept for the B-29 began in February 1940, when the Army requested a new heavy, long-range bomber. The Boeing operation in Wichita was selected to manufacture more than 1,600 planes.
55th anniversary of the Dockum Sit In, when 10 members of the youth chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People staged a successful sit-in in downtown Wichita.
50th anniversary of Wichita Collegiate School.
50th anniversary of Larry Hatteberg working at KAKE News.
4 0th anniversary of Rainbows United Inc.
30th anniversary of the Ronald McDonalds House Charities of Wichita.
25th anniversary of ballet at Friends University.
25th anniversary of Girard House, a home for pregnant teenagers and young women.
20th anniversary of the Friends University Jazz Festival.