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Students Celebrate Kansas Day In Salina

KSAL Staff - January 29, 2014 3:15 pm

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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 Kansas Day Open House will be held from 1:00 till 3:00.

Try your hand at a few activities pioneers would have done, like churning butter or shelling corn. There will also be two new activities. Jack Crispin, from the Crispin Drugstore Museum, will be showing and talking about historical pharmaceutical items. Patti Fiedler will also be on hand demonstrating soap making on the prairie. Samples will be available to take with you as supplies last.

Also, enjoy make and take crafts and birthday cake, and sign up for door prizes.

Kansas Day has been celebrated around the state since 1877.

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