Kansas History and Life
A collection of student work that highlights overlooked aspects of the daily life for the people of Kansas.
Items in the Kansas History and Life Collection
During the 1860s, Indian tribes raided frontier settlements across the plains, most notably the Cheyenne in North Central Kansas. Numerous counties in Kansas felt the scarring effect of the raids; however, the counties of Jewell, Mitchell,…
Among the 713 newspapers in print in Kansas in the 1880s, a single short-lived newspaper provides insight into political shifts and battles in small towns. The Firebrand newspaper in Clay Center provided inflammatory rhetoric for a single year, also…
"The Development of the 'Farmer's Mansion' in Kansas: A Regional Case Study
of Vernacular Architecture, 1850 - 1900."
This study includes maps of the country, information from books and online articles as well as photographs and diagrams of homes. The I-House was an early form of architecture throughout the History of the United States. This home migrated with the…
“Hen Wlad Fy Nhadau” (“Land of My Fathers”): A Comparative Study of Welsh Language and Culture in Settlements of Riley, Lyon, and Geary Counties, Kansas, 1850-Present
The author compares three types of Welsh communities found in Kansas to determine when the Welsh language ceased common usage. A variety of historic documents were used to make this determination.
The Chinese Laundries of Wichita, Kansas:
A Portrait of an Immigrant Community on the Western Frontier, 1880-1905
The author uses historic newspaper reports, census records, city directories, and historic advertising to recreate the Chinese community found in Wichita, Kansas around the turn of the century.