“New” Kansas state capitol is awesome (and educational)
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.
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?
The 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.
Other Capital and KSHS resources:
- Capitol home page
- Online Capitol tour
- Planning a visit
- Capital history
- Guide to the Capitol (PDF)
- Scavenger Hunt (PDF)
- Scavenger Hunt answers (PDF)
- Amelia Earhart Game – Test your knowledge of Amelia Earhart, a famous Kansan.
- Carry A. Nation Game – See how much you know about this famous Kansas reformer.
- Junior Detective Series Game – Track the clues and see if you can solve the mystery.
- Movie Quest – “Real” history is sometimes stretched on television and in the movies. Test your knowledge and see if Hollywood got it right.
- Wheat Game – Every decision you make affects how successful you will be. It’s a gamble farmers take every year. Test your decisions.
- Kansas Symbols Game – How well do you know the Kansas state symbols?