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.

History & Heritage

The Game of Kings (and cowboys)

  • 7 minutes

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

  • 12 minutes

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…

History & Heritage

The Language of Land Acknowledgments

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Illustration by Lana Grove Land acknowledgments are statements that recognize the history and presence of Indigenous peoples and their enduring relationships to their traditional homelands. Land…

History & Heritage

'We are Still Here'

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Illustration by Lana Grove A few years ago, I was discussing my Osage (𐓷𐓘𐓻𐓘𐓻𐓟) citizenship and family history with someone I had recently met in the Johnson County area. When she found out I…

Photography Favorites

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…

Photography

Behind the Lens with Kevin Anderson

Kevin Anderson has been a Kanas resident for 35 years, and a professional photographer for nearly all his adult life. He worked as a…

Photography

Behind the Lens: Emily Barnes

A conversation with Kansas! photographers about their lives in photography Emily Barnes began her photography journey at a young age as she…

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