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Entered the Union:
January 29, 1861 (34)

Capital: Topeka

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Origin of Name: from a Sioux word meaning "people of the south wind"
State Nickname: Sunflower State • Jayhawk State
State Flower: Sunflower State Bird: Western Meadowlark
State Tree: Cottonwood State Animal: Buffalo
State Reptile: Ornate Box Turtle State Song: “Home on the Range"
State Motto: Ad astra per aspera (To the stars through difficulties)
State Parks: 24
Famous For: Dodge City, wheat production, private aircraft manufacturing
Famous Kansans: Walter Chrysler (auto manufacturer), Charles Curtis (Vice President), Amelia Earhart (aviator), Dwight D. Eisenhower (general and President), Walter Johnson (baseball), Stan Kenton (jazz), James Lehrer (broadcast journalist), John Cameron Swayze (news commentator), Jess Willard (boxer), Robert Dole (senator)
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Spain explored Kansas in 1541. French explorers from Canada arrived In 1673.
In 1803, the United States purchased Kansas from France in the Louisiana Purchase.
The US government decided to let the people of Kansas vote for or against slavery. There were many fights between these people, but eventually those against slavery won.  Because of the great violence during this time, Kansas became known as “Bleeding Kansas.”
At one time it was against the law to serve ice cream on cherry pie in Kansas. 
Pizza Hut restaurants opened its first store in Wichita, Kansas. 
The graham cracker was named after the Reverend Sylvester Graham.  He was a minister who strongly believed in eating whole-wheat flour products. 
Every type of prairie habitat can be found in Kansas
Helium was discovered in 1905 at the University of Kansas
William Purvis and Charles Wilson of Goodland, Kansas invented the helicopter in 1909
Dodge City is the windiest city in the United States, with an average wind speed of 14 miles per hour.
Sumner County is known as The Wheat Capital of the World. Kansas leads the nation in wheat production.
Kansas is the nation's second largest producer of beef cattle, behind only Texas.
Abilene is the ending point of the Chisholm Trail where the cattle driven from Texas were loaded onto rail cars.
Almon Stowger of El Dorado invented the dial telephone in 1889.
Wyatt Earp, James Butler "Wild Bill" Hickok and William B. "Bat" Masterson were three of the legendary lawmen who kept the peace in rowdy frontier towns like Abilene, Dodge City, Ellsworth, Hays, and Wichita.
Amelia Earhart, the first woman granted a pilot's license by the National Aeronautics Associate and the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, was from Atchison.
Handel's Messiah has been presented in Lindsborg each Easter since 1889.
Kansas' Ethnic Roots: German 25.9%, Irish 11.5%, English 10.8%, American 8.8%, French 3.1%, Swedish 2.4%.
Religion in Kansas: 81.3% Christian (61.3% Protestant, 20% Catholic), 17.5% No Religion, 0.8% LDS, 0.4% Other Religions
Kansas was the first state to ratify the 15th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution which gave African-American men the right to vote.
Wichita is one of the nation's top plane manufacturing cities.
The Geodetic Center of North America is about 40 miles south of Lebanon at Meade's Ranch. It is the beginning point of reference for land surveying in North America meaning when a surveyor checks a property line, he is checking the position of property in relation to Meade's Ranch in northwest Kansas.


New Year
Happy New Year
January 1st
In countries which use the Gregorian calendar, New Year's Day is usually celebrated on January 1. The celebration of the New Year is a major event world wide.
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3 Kings Epiphany
Jan. 6, 2015
The Feast of the Epiphany marks the end of the 12 Days of Christmas and celebrates the revelation of the birth of Jesus Christ as Savior of the whole world. Magi (wise men) from the east follow a star that suddenly appeared at Jesus' birth...
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Religious Freedom Day
Religious Freedom Day
January 16
Religious Freedom Day
Each year, the President declares January 16th to be Religious Freedom Day. It is the anniversary of the Virginia Statute of Religious Freedom in 1786.
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Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King Day
January 16
A U.S. holiday honoring Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who peacefully worked for equal rights for all Americans.
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Sanctity of Life Day
Sanctity of Life Day
January 18, 2015
"All human life is a gift from our Creator that is sacred, unique and worthy of protection. On National Sanctity of Human Life Day, our country recognizes that each person, including every person waiting to be born, has a special place and purpose in this world." - President George W. Bush
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The Cheese Pirates
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The Cheese Pirates
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"Pirates of the Caribbean, move over! Make room for a crew of mouse-privateers who will capture your hearts and stop your breath with their thrilling sea-going adventures! A wonderful story, full of bold mice, good and wicked, who will show you what courage really means." - Lynne Reid Banks, author of The Indian in the Cupboard
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