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Jan 26

Celebrate Kansas Day

Posted on January 26, 2017 at 4:06 PM by Michael Goens

Manhattan’s very formation was the initiative of abolitionists with freedom and education at the core of their mindset. Kansas’ entry as the 34th state into the USA is celebrated Sunday, Jan. 29, and events include interactive stations to display state symbols at Flint Hills Discover Center.

There are plenty more places to visit and observe the occasion, such as an Open House at Riley County Historical Museum, which is staging an exhibit that observes Riley County’s centennial. Adjacent to RCHM is Goodnow House, which incidentally was built in 1861. Another area, east of Manhattan in Wabaunsee County, was a stop on the Underground Railroad and is near the location of Beecher Bible and Rifle Church.

If your celebrations involve more levity than lecture hall, check out the birthday party at Auntie Mae's on Saturday, featuring beer from Kansas Territory Brewing Company, plus a meat raffle drawing! Kansas celebrates its 156th birthday and looks better than ever ... just be careful blowing out the candles! Find your way around with more historical accounts at Manhattan Historical Sites

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