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Local artist Dave Loewenstein to host introductory workshop for new 'Kansas People's History Project'

Dave Loewenstein, the local artist whose colorful murals enliven public spaces in Lawrence and across the country, is embarking on a new project that he hopes will re-engage Kansans with bits of our state identity that we may have forgotten or unknowingly overlooked. It’s a lofty goal, to be sure, and to make it happen, he’s going to need some help. Loewenstein will host a workshop at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at the Watkins Museum of History to introduce the Kansas People’s History Project, a collaborative effort between the Douglas County Historical Society and five arts and educational organizations across the state.

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KU celebrates 150 years

Early settlers of Lawrence fought hard for state's flagship university to be in their town

Kansas University is celebrating its sesquicentennial, or 150th, anniversary this school year, which kicks off Monday with the start of fall classes. As hard as it is to imagine Lawrence without KU, especially given KU's modest beginnings it would have been hard — if not impossible — for Lawrence's early settlers to imagine what the university looks like today. By Sara Shepherd

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70 years after Hiroshima: Perspectives on the atomic bomb

Seventy years ago today, during the final stages of World War II, the United States military dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. American newspaper headlines heralded the bomb as a military triumph and scientific breakthrough. Without question, it was both. On the ground in Japan, it also was a horrific, fiery event the likes of which the world had never seen. Here are reflections on Hiroshima from several Lawrence community members. By Sara Shepherd

Overland Park giving $25K to Skywalk Memorial

The Overland Park City Council has agreed to give $25,000 to a planned memorial commemorating a 1981 hotel disaster in Kansas City.

Anthropology department celebrates 50 years

Kansas University’s anthropology department is celebrating 50 years as an independent department at KU with two days of events and reminiscing. The anniversary celebration includes tours, lectures and — to round out the festivities — a party on Friday night.

Museum to celebrate anniversary of 'Dark Command' with free screenings

The Watkins Museum of History will screen "Dark Command," a 1940 Western starring John Wayne loosely based on Quantrill's Raid in Lawrence, for free this Saturday.

Role of a lifetime: Retired KU professor revives one-man William Allen White play

When “The Sage of Emporia” premiered in March 1981, its star, Jack Wright, had to spend four hours in the makeup chair in order to convincingly portray a 74-year-old William Allen White. Fast-forward a couple of decades, Wright jokes, and the process takes about four minutes.

Vanished towns dot prairie in Kiowa County

Traveling down a dirt path sandwiched between a wheat field and pasture, Ed Schoenberger abruptly motions to stop the car. "You're now in downtown Reeder," he says as he steps out of the vehicle — facing the cold wind that whips across the wide-open prairie on this early March day. But all around him, there is nothing but farmland and grass. Reeder, once a bustling community where residents dreamed of a railroad, has disappeared.

Sign-ups to begin for annual trans-Atlantic pancake race

Sign-ups get underway next weekend in southwest Kansas for an annual trans-Atlantic pancake race.

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Famous buildings, forgotten pasts: KU stadium, union are memorials to university's casualties of WWI

Two of Kansas University’s most trafficked buildings were constructed as memorials to KU’s casualties of World War I. As the Great War marks its 100th anniversary most of the tens of thousands of fans packing Memorial Stadium each fall, or the thousands of students and visitors flowing through the Kansas Memorial Union each day, don’t know the buildings’ significance — which is one reason KU hasn’t constructed buildings as memorials since. By Sara Shepherd

Wilson's Creek Civl War Reenactment

Civil War re-enactors with the 3rd Kansas, Battery B, light artillery unit, including two men from Lawrence, participated in the Wilson's Creek 150th Anniversary Reenactment on August 12-14 near Springfield, Mo. William Quantrill fought with the Missouri Guard in the battle, August 10, 1861, considered the second major battle of the Civil War. Two years later, Quantrill attacked Lawrence.

Water Witching the Whereabouts

Emily Bergens Louni talks about Lecompton resident Iona Spencer's use of the water witching technique in helping her find the unmarked grave of her ancestor at Stull Cemetery.

An Honor Finally Bestowed

Emily Bergers Louni, a descendant of Christopher Columbus Blake, a Union soldier during the Civil War, talks about the importance of dedicating his grave nearly 100 years after his death.

Lecompton Historical Society president reacts to Kansas House resolution

Paul Bahnmaier, president of the Lecompton Historical Society, speaks Tuesday, May 3, 2011, in the Capitol after the Kansas House approved a resolution recognizing Lecompton for its role in state and national history.

Practice makes perfect: black history month musical

Members of St. Luke African Methodist Episcopal Church practice for the upcoming black history month musical.

KU librarian researches the history of bumper stickers

Kansas University librarian Whitney Baker talks about tracing the history of the bumper sticker to Kansas.

Make your own Kansas Day cake

LJWorld.com reporter Brenna Hawley demonstrates how to make a sunflower cake to celebrate Kansas' 150th birthday. Kansas Day is Saturday, Jan. 29.

Old wagon wheel being inspected

A wagon wheel that may have come from an old covered wagon is being inspected for authenticity. The area is being searched and checked to verify the possibilities.

One murder, two very different sides

Steve Haddock and Lannie Ornburn, Assistant District Attorney for Johnson County, discuss the murder of Barbara Haddock.

Students celebrate, study Kansas history

Elementary students spent Kansas' birthday by exploring the state's history as part of a social studies project.