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Students Celebrate Kansas Day In Salina

Todd Pittenger - January 28, 2015 4:45 pm

Area students are celebrating Kansas statehood in Salina all this week.

Hundreds of grade school children have been participating in special activities at the Smoky Hill Museum. The children have been learning what life was like for pioneers back in 1861, when Kansas became the 34th state. Activities include shelling corn, churning butter, packing a covered wagon, and playing some of the same games pioneer children played.

Along with Salina area schools, schools from as far away as Mound Ridge and Beloit have been bringing students to participate.

This weekend the museum is hosting a similar event for the public. Saturday afternoon a free Kansas Day Open House will be held from 1:00 till 3:00.

Donna Morgenstern will demonstrate wheat weaving, while Gary Hicks will show how to spin cotton.

Visitors will be able to try their hand at a few activities pioneers would have done like churning butter or shelling corn.  There will also be make and take crafts, a birthday cake,  and door prizes.

Kansas entered the union as the 34th state on January 29th, 1861. Kansas Day has been celebrated around the state since 1877. Kansas Day is not a public holiday, but it is a state-wide observation.