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To the Stars: The Story of Kansas

Kansas 150 Fest finds statewide support

June 26 at 4:51 p.m.

The sesquicentennial invitation went out to all Kansans, and they have responded.

  • Parade part of fest celebrating Kansas' 150th anniversary

    In a year when the economy is down, budgets have been cut and Kansans are weary of a hot and dry summer, celebrating the 150th anniversary of Kansas feels hard to do.

  • 1991-2011: Two decades of volatile change

    It drew an audible gasp from the audience when Miss USA pageant host Dick Clark asked the question on a February night of the three final contestants as they were poised to face the judges one last time.

  • 2011 marks several anniversaries besides Kansas sesquicentennial

    From hamburger homecomings to celebrated cheers, 2011 will bring Kansans plenty of reasons to celebrate. While much of Kansas may be focused this year on celebrating the state's 150th anniversary, there will be plenty of other anniversaries we Kansans will be noting.

  • Military service: A Kansas tradition

    Walk into almost any cemetery in Kansas and look at the number of veterans' graves dotting the landscape.

  • 1921-1930: Strikes, frivolity, racism and a crash in spending

    Kansas farmers were encouraged to grow wheat as national demands for grain exports grew.

  • Celebrate 150 years of statehood by reading

    As Kansas celebrates its sesquicentennial, we look to books to get an idea of the past, present and future of the state: where we came from, where we're going, and who we are as Kansans.

  • Ideal of the cowboy lives on in Kansas

    Sure, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado all have their mountains. Texas has its big cities and big-name ranches. But Kansas gave the Old West everything iconic that westerners hold dear.

  • 1861-1870: Crossroads to civil war

    Celebration was in order. As news trickled in that Kansas had been admitted to the union, people stood on street corners, dancing, cheering, and firing canons.

  • Today’s Trivia (Feb. 4)

    Pardee Butler was tarred and feathered, whipped 39 times and strapped to a log and set adrift on the Missouri River with the letter “R” for Rogue painted on his forehead.

  • Kansas 150 parade hoofs through town

    When Kansas stepped back to finally wish itself a happy 150th birthday Saturday in Wichita, here's what it saw: Longhorn cattle clip-clopping down Main Street, Gov. Sam Brownback and Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer waving from horseback on either side of the cattle drive, and an unpredictable mix of Kansas businesses, organizations, places and marching bands pass by in an hourlong parade.

  • Your guide to Kansas road trips

    To celebrate 150 years of statehood, we’ve gathered into a list our favorite places that help tell our state’s story.

  • Coaching talent finds roots in Kansas

    Tonight at the New York Athletic Club, Gene Keady will do what he's done numerous Sunday evenings in March through the years.

  • 1961-1970: Unrest and patriotism

    "Thy sins are forgiven, Wichita! Thy lonesomeness annulled, O Kansas dear! And so, Allen Ginsberg, Beat Generation and counterculture pioneer, wrote of his experiences of Kansas and Wichita in one of his most famous and critically acclaimed works, "Wichita Vortex Sutra."

  • Abilene museum highlights Ike's achievements

    ABILENE — Dwight Eisenhower's image seemed secure when he left office 50 years ago after two terms as president. He was America's bald-headed, do-nothing, genial golfing grandpa who happened to be in charge during eight years of peace and prosperity.

  • 1971-1990: Franchise and separation

    We had a rock group named Kansas: "Carry on my wayward son There'll be peace when you are done

  • 'Home on the Range' is a history of Kansas music

    A concert Saturday that caps off the Kansas 150 Festival — being billed as the state’s biggest birthday bash ever — will feature dozens of performers from across the state. “Kansas: Home on the Range” is a tribute to the history, tradition, diversity and essence of Kansans, organizers say.

  • 1911-1920: From horses to autos and airplanes

    Horses gave way to automobiles and planes became the new industry. More than 12,000 people gathered at the Walnut Grove Air Meet in Wichita in May 1911 to see barnstormers circling and gliding their planes through the air.

  • The Bloody Benders

    They were known simply as the Bloody Benders.

  • Will Kansas be an oasis – or stagnate?

    The American Dream is still more affordable in Kansas than in other states, but the state faces a number of challenges, a national researcher said Tuesday in Wichita.

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