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Today's trivia (August 30)

Kansas was the last of the 48 mainland states to adopt a flag — but that wasn't because people didn't try to have a flag in the state's early years.

Ideas for a flag were presented every year, beginning with the state's inception in 1861, by various groups and individuals.

"The designs have included everything from a sunflower to a sod house, from a sheaf of wheat to a shock of corn and from a sparrowhawk to a skylark, but thank the good Lord, the legislators stood firm and dumped them all on the junk heap," The Beacon in Wichita reported.

In 1925, the state legislature adopted a banner, rather than a full-fledged flag. It featured a sunflower with the state seal in its center. The word "Kansas" was directly above the flower. But the design drew sharp criticism from some legislators.

"Kansas is not fairly represented by the sunflower," declared Frank L. Martin of Reno County in a Topeka Journal article dated Feb. 11, 1925. "That weed in many respects is worse than the cocklebur. The miller that feeds on the sunflower produces the cut worm."

So, when Hazel Avery's full-fledged flag was unfurled at the July Fourth parade in Lincoln, the residents there were so impressed that they showed it to their legislators.

Avery's flag was well received by the legislature and adopted in 1927.

Question: Since 1927, the flag has been altered only once. What was added to the flag?


Answer to Monday’s question: Hazel Avery make the state's first flag in 1925.

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