Archive for Thursday, January 29, 2009

Kansans celebrate the state’s birthday in style

The state turned 148 years old, and Kansans celebrated in style.

January 29, 2009


Happy birthday, Kansas!

The state turned 148 years old today, and Kansans celebrated in style. They gathered at the Kansas Historical Society for loads of activities.

African-American storyteller and drummer Richard Camara Pitts played for a room full of school children.

It wouldn't be Kansas Day without a special visit from Governor Kathleen Sebelius. She helped lead children in singing the state song "Home on the Range."

The Governor pointed out a special fact about last year's Kansas Day celebration. On this day in 2008, President Barack Obama was actually in Kansas, speaking in El Dorado. Obama's mother and grandparents are from Kansas.

A teacher portraying President Abraham Lincoln was also at the Kansas Day celebration, since this is the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth.

Everyone who came out learned fun facts about Kansas, and there were plenty of activities on hand to keep the kids busy.

"It's where we live, and it's a lovely place," said student Madison Davis. "We really need to love our state."

Sebelius invited a student who was also celebrating a birthday today to join her onstage to help blow out the candle on the Kansas Day birthday cake. That cake was later donated to Let's Help.

After the ceremonies, celebrators were invited to learn about and interact with historic crafts.


Alia Ahmed 8 years, 11 months ago

hawk, I don't understand your question about celebrating Kansas Day in Nicodemus. I grew up in Kansas and Kansas Day was celebrated in many little towns, including Nicodemus.

Kirk Larson 8 years, 11 months ago

Better start planning the sesquicentennial.

Raider 8 years, 11 months ago

I grew up in another state, and never realized that "Home on the Range" was the KS state song. I heard the Governor sing it a few years back, and had to ask my friends why. When I was a kid we sang it as an "old west" type childrens song. Sort of like "I've been working on the railroad" and "Sweet betsy from Pike". It's a cool state song though.

Sucks2BU 8 years, 11 months ago

Its official now. Kansas sucks![b]KC comes up short in popularity survey[/b]Kansas City is one of the least-popular cities in the country, according to a new national survey by the Pew Research Center.The survey of 2,260 adults, conducted in October, asked people whether they would want to live in a city or its metropolitan area. Almost half – 46 percent – said they would rather live in a different type of place than where they’re living now. City dwellers were most likely to feel that way.Why is KC so low on the list? Blame geography: The least-popular cities are all in the Midwest or the Rust Belt: Detroit (8 percent), Cleveland (10 percent), Cincinnati (13 percent), Kansas City (15 percent), Minneapolis (16 percent), Pittsburgh (17 percent) and St. Louis (18 percent).Most popular was Denver, at 43 percent, followed by San Diego (40 percent), Seattle (38 percent), Orlando, Fla., Tampa, Fla., and San Francisco (all at 34 percent), Phoenix (33 percent) and Portland, Ore. (31 percent).Kansas City was unpopular across all age groups, genders and income and education levels. But when it comes to politics, KC was more popular with people who identified themselves as Republicans (21 percent) than Democrats (14 percent) or independents (15 percent).

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