In 1857, abolitionist John Brown began making plans and gathering support for a planned attack at Harper's Ferry.John Steuart Curry's "Tragic Prelude," 1938-1940Ó Abolitionist John Brown has been famously depicted in a mural done by Kansas artist John Steuart Curry in the State Capitol building in Topeka, completed in 1940. The mural portrays Brown almost as an Old Testament prophet, a Bible in one hand, a rifle in the other.
This illustration was designed for Kansas Day on Jan. 29, 1912 as part of a publicity campaign. Coy Avon Seward, was a native Kansan, known across the nation. He was raised in Chase but moved to Wichita to develop a career as an artist. He would later become one of 11 founders of Birger Sandzen's Prairie Print Makers, which during the 1930s produced some of the nation's finest art prints. In 1912, the illustration was mass produced as a postcard encouraging people to come to Kansas. Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries http://specialcollections.wichita.edu
An artist's illustration of what the prairie may have looked like when Coronado arrived in Kansas. The painting was done by Albert T. Reid, a political illustrator for the Kansas City Star during the early part of the 20th century. Spanish conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado comes in search of the " Seven Cities of Gold".
This photograph, taken by an unknown photographer in 1860, depicts a train of covered wagons, oxen, and men on horseback setting out from Manhattan, Kansas. These wagons were a common form of transportation on the plains. Date: 1860
Artist Henry Worrall drew this illustration of "Drouthy Kansas," which portrayed Kansas as a place where men climbed ladders and used hatchets to cut the ears off corn. This illustration, which first appeared in the November 1869 issue of Kansas Farmer, was published throughout the world and in handbooks to attract settlers to Kansas.
The first map to show Kansas land was published by a Spanish mapmaker in 1556. It indicates places named by Spanish conquistador Francisco Vasquez de Coronado in his journey and search for the Seven Cities of Cibola. Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries http://specialcollections.wichita.edu
1760 Kansas territory Hand colored map from 1760 showing Kansas Native American settlements and topography. This map was first published in London in 1782 in a book called Ònorth America, Agreeable to Most Approved Maps and Charts.Ó The area that was to become Kansas is shown as an area labeled ÒLousiana.Ó Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries http://specialcollections.wichita.edu
1859 Kansas boundary From 1854 to 1861, much of what is today the state of Colorado was then Kansas Territory. The city of Denver was named for KansasÕ fifth territorial governor, James W. Denver. During the Wyandotte Convention of 1859 _ the convention that decided statehood _ free staters were concerned they could never settle the territory, so they moved the boundary east to where it is today. Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries http://specialcollections.wichita.edu