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To the Stars: The Story of Kansas

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Pet Kansas badger once roamed White House

Randall, the narrator of the viral Honey Badger video on the Internet, announced earlier this summer he thinks a Honey Badger ought to run for president and form a Honey Badger political party.

Madge Blake stood out in small roles

In her day, Madge Blake had a recognizable face and voice.

12 Kansas sites along Santa Fe trail nominated for national register

Twelve historic sites along the Santa Fe Trail in Kansas were nominated this month for the National Register of Historic Places.

Solomon Butler was first black Kansan to compete in Olympics, in 1920

Solomon Butler, who spent part of his childhood in Wichita, was the first African-American from Kansas to compete in the Olympics.

19th-century Wichita was riddled with vice

By Old West standards, the age of the gunfighter was from 1865 to 1900.

When war ended, Wichita erupted in celebration

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words.

Creator of ‘Geech’ comic strip grew up in Wichita

Jerry Bittle, creator of the nationally-syndicated comic strips “Geech” and “Shirley and Son,” capitalized on a life that was as laid-back as possible.

Topeka airport once bore name of elite pilot Daniel Forbes Jr.

Sometimes name recognition is everything.

Osborne County man was ‘Babe Ruth of horseshoes’

In the world of horseshoe pitching, there were few better than Ted Allen.

Wichita pilot Chuck Fisher, ‘Mr. B-52,’ saved plane from crash

An experimental test pilot for 27 years at Boeing, Wichita’s Chuck Fisher became a media sensation in 1964 when he was piloting a B-52 bomber about 500 feet over mountainous terrain in southeastern Colorado and the bomber suddenly hit wind turbulence.

Old Cowtown Museum seeks photographs of vintage Kansas baseball teams

“The baseball mania has reached us. What with the Indian scare, the drought, the chinch bugs and the grasshopper, truly we are badly afflicted; but as a supplement to this grand drama of misery our callow youths have inaugurated the “National Game” in the midst of us. What shall we do to circumvent their match-inations? Answer Eldorado Club, ditto Sedgwick Club-ergo Senegambian Club, or any club-footed grangers”

Civilian Conservation Corps built Woodson State Fishing Lake in Kansas

The old-timers call it Lake Fegan.

Potawatomi chief left his mark on Kansas

His Potawatomi name was Nan-Wesh-Mah.

This Brown fought against slavery with words

He was the other Brown in Bleeding Kansas, the one who didn’t approve of the things John Brown did.

‘Duck Man’ of Ellinwood part of early beginnings of Cheyenne Bottoms

For years, he was called the “Duck Man.”

Coffeyville man creates ICEE

It was an idea born as a fluke.

Famed Dodge City dentist was also a dairy farmer and sculptor

As a frontier dentist, O.H. Simpson seldom hesitated to make do with primitive materials.

Ad Astra: Larabee family poured money into Stafford

They were a family strangely out of place among dirt-poor farmers.

81 years since Kansas plane crash killed Knute Rockne

It’s been 81 years since the plane crash – nearly twice as many years as Knute Rockne was alive.

Richard Taylor carried on Nation’s fight against liquor

Historians have called it the “100 years’ war,” for the way Kansans firmly held on to their beliefs and ideals about Prohibition.

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