HISTORY & HERITAGE

We take pride in our state's history and heritage. From the native tribes who resided on this land for centuries to the innovative pioneers who lead the way and everything in between.

Arts & Entertainment

Historic Opera Houses of Kansas

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Raised across the state as edifices of high culture (at least in name), opera houses are now being restored and revisited for community events and performances In the late 1800s, railroad lines were…

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Photography by Andrew Pankratz Communities across the state hold nostalgic Christmas and holiday events The nostalgia of traditional Christmas celebrations will be on display for visitors to…

Reasons to Love Kansas

Dwayne's Prints On

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A world-famous photo lab in Kansas continues to thrive under a new generation Photography by Bill Stephens Derek and Josh Carter remember December 20, 2010, the day their grandfather gained…

History & Heritage

The Game of Kings (and cowboys)

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A Flint Hills ranch keeps a rougher version of polo alive Photography by Jason Dailey\ Polo is one of the world’s oldest sports, believed to originate in the 6th century BCE among the nomadic tribes…

Reasons to Love Kansas

Beautiful Days in Our Neighborhoods

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We explore and celebrate different neighborhoods across the state Illustration by Abra Shirley When people talk about neighborhoods, they are often referring to a residential section inside a city…

Reasons to Love Kansas

Haunted Atchison

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The historic riverfront town in eastern Kansas is known for spooky homes, ghostly legends and things that go bump in the night Story by Beccy Tanner with Lisa Waterman Gray & Photography by BriJoRae…

History & Heritage

Airship Alert!

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In the late 1800s, Kansans were inventing early aircraft, and mysterious ships were (reportedly) navigating the skies Illustrations by Lana Grove The alien airship swooped down on Vernon, Kansas, at…

History & Heritage

Two Hundred Years of the Santa Fe Trail

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A vital land trail receives recognition and a reappraisal of its role in American history and in shaping the future of Kansas Illustrations by Doug Holdread, courtesy of the Santa Fe Trail Association…

From the Archives

From the Archives: Monarch of the Plains

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Photography by Andrea Etzel & Lorraine Jackson (black and white images) From the archives, this story was originally published in the summer of 1967. Some pieces of this article have been edited…

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Travel back 100 years to the era of hand-built limestone bridges of Cowley County, standing as monuments to a Kansas architect and his stoneworkers Photography by Bill Stephens It’s a beautiful…

Photography Favorites

Photography

Behind the Lens with Nick Krug

A conversation with KANSAS! photographers about their lives in photography Originally raised in St. Charles, Missouri, Nick Krug initially…

Reasons to Love Kansas

Dwayne's Prints On

A world-famous photo lab in Kansas continues to thrive under a new generation Photography by Bill Stephens Derek and Josh Carter remember…

Photography

Behind the Lens with Marilyn Friesen

A conversation with KANSAS! photographers about their work and the iconic images of our home state Wichita native and Wichita State graduate…

Photography

Behind the Lens: Jason Dailey

A conversation with KANSAS! photographers about their work and the iconic images of our home state Originally a Texan, Jason Dailey was…

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