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“New” Kansas state capitol is awesome (and educational)

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I love a good museum. There’s almost nothing as fun as spending time in a really sweet museum. Right?

I earlier posted some of my online museum favorites. Today? Back to the basics with one of my go-to brick and mortar museums and a new favorite.

My go-to?

The Kansas State Historical Society. It’s a great place to visit and it has some awesome online resources as well. I especially like the very cool (and free) Read Kansas cards available online. The Traveling Trunks are also pretty incredible. And for you non-Kansans, these are still useful to you – many of the cards and other resources can be easily adapted to teach US history, geography, and economics.

My new favorite?

capital outsideThe freshly renovated Kansas Capitol Building. After years of work and millions of dollars, the 141 year old building is as shiny as a new penny. It even smells new.

Fresh copper on the dome and throughout the building. Cleaned-up artwork. Refurbished Senate and House chambers. New Visitor Center. New historical displays. The very cool John Brown mural by John Stewart Curry. Ad Astra statue.

Worth every nickel. And last week, several of us got a personal tour of the new digs from Mary Madden,  the KSHS Museum and Education Division Director. Totally. Freaking. Awesome.

Refurbished dome - tours to the top start next week. Yes. it is scary but I will be there.

Refurbished dome – tours to the 304 foot high top start next week. Yes. It is very spooky. Yes. I will be there.

New interpretive displays

New interpretive displays

Original votes for / against slavery in early Kansas election. How cool is that?

Original votes for / against slavery in early Kansas election. How cool is that?

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