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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

Lawrence founder recognized this month for revealing truth about 1864 Sand Creek Indian massacre

When 16-year-old Silas Soule and his family moved to Kansas to help settle Lawrence in 1854, the Maine native quickly found himself in the thick of danger. The new family home became an underground railroad station, and Soule was called upon to escort runaway slaves to freedom and to rescue captured abolitionists. Ten years later, Soule, now a captain in the U.S. Cavalry, found himself in another American horror story. By Karen Dillon

Lawrence native is one of few black pilots in rare World War II aircraft

P-51C Mustang pays tribute to Tuskegee Airmen

A rare World War II aircraft stopped in Lawrence Monday, with an even more rare sight in the cockpit. Lawrence native Bill Shepard is one of only two black men in the country currently piloting P-51 Mustang airplanes, he said. He’s a volunteer pilot for the Commemorative Air Force Red Tail Squadron — an organization aimed at sharing the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the black pilots most famous for their success flying Mustangs in WWII. By Sara Shepherd

Educational programs to mark 151st anniversary of Quantrill's raid

While it won't have all the hoopla of 2013's sesquicentennial observance of Quantrill's raid, this year's anniversary of the Lawrence massacre nonetheless provides plenty of opportunities for interactive education. From Monday through Aug. 22, several programs will be held in the area about William Quantrill's 1863 guerrilla attack on Lawrence and the lead-up to the Civil War in Kansas and Missouri.

Preservation expert ready to put results of historic places survey to use

Along with his colleague, Susan Ford, Nimz took a look at over a thousand buildings in Eudora, Kanwaka and, most recently, Wakarusa townships. Of that, less than 200 might be eligible for induction into the National Register of Historic Places or in the state registry.

Free State Festival panel: Kansas is anything but 'flyover country'

Earlier this spring, Kansas University researchers officially debunked the famous myth that Kansas, with its level topography, is in fact "flatter than a pancake." A trio of experts attempted to do the same for the state's political history Saturday afternoon at the Lawrence Arts Center as part of the Free State Festival's series of idea panels. During the discussion, dubbed "Kansas: Not as Flat as a Pancake," panelists argued how iconic figures like Sen. Bob Dole as well as the state’s tumultuous political climate of the 19th century prove Kansas is much more than just "flyover country."

Breaking the silence: Lecompton man recalls life in Nazi-occupied home in Netherlands

For decades, Pieter Berendsen kept the stories to himself. The bomb craters that crept closer to his family’s home. The brutal winter when a sugar beet pulled from the ground had to be shared by all. The German soldiers who ordered his father to stand against the house, their rifles ready. By Stephen Montemayor

KU Natural History Museum takes community members 'behind the glass' of famous panorama

Several dozen members of the Lawrence community got to take a look "behind the glass" at the Kansas University Natural History Museum panorama Wednesday night. Not literally, of course — that would require a hazmat suit. Attendees of the public lecture at the KU Commons did get to learn more about the history and ongoing conservation of 120-year-old exhibit featuring North American plants and animals, one of the oldest and largest panoramas in the world and most popular attractions at the KU Natural History Museum. By Giles Bruce

Conservators work to preserve 120-year-old panorama at KU Natural History Museum

As they looked through the windows of the KU Natural History Museum's panorama one day this week, several kids asked their parents, "Why are those people in there?" They were there to clean and preserve the 120-year-old exhibit. By Giles Bruce

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.