Kansas' premier historian, Craig Miner, dies

Craig Miner
Craig Miner Wichita State University

He was known as Kansas' premier historian.

And there wasn't much that Craig Miner, the Willard W. Garvey Distinguished Professor of History and past chairman of the department of history at Wichita State University, didn't tackle.

From railroads, oil, entrepreneurship , technology, the Civil War and pioneer stories, Craig Miner passionately wrote the history of Kansas.

Miner died Sunday. He was 65. Services are pending.

"There is nobody close to him in stature or recognition," said Jay Price, director of the public history program at WSU. "He helped define Kansas' understanding of itself for a whole generation and for Wichita.

"He was the signature person — the go-to person for anything about Kansas history."

Search for Miner's books, and 16 hits pop up, from "Seeding Civil War: Kansas in the National News, 1854-1858" — which was listed last year as a Kansas Notable Book by the State Library of Kansas — to "Kansas: The History of the Sunflower State."

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