Kansas Day Celebration  

 

Each year, in January, schools across Kansas celebrate KANSAS DAY in commemoration of the birthday of our state on January 29, 1861 when Kansas become the 34th state in the Union.

FLAG2pgJanuary 29, 2014, the Buffalo Bill Cultural Center hosted its first annual program for K-8 grade students from all over Northwest Kansas.  With assistance and support of  The Nature Conservancy, Smoky Valley Ranch, and the Kansas Historical Society, Kansas Day in the Classroom, the program was a great success.  We look forward to presenting programs each year on this important day, sharing our Kansas history and traditions.

School classes are scheduled between 9 am and 3 pm.   If time and weather allows, the students can also visit the sculpture.  The program theme and content will change each year.
Call Kirsten Dutton at 785-671-1000 for program information and to schedule your class.

Schedule your class by January 9.

2018 Program – Footprints on the Plains – January 29th

2018 Footprints on the Plains

Lobby – Welcome – Kansas Day Statehood
Room 1 – The Changing faces on the plains – bison – Nation Americans – Pioneers – Presentation by Deb Goodrich, Oakley, KS 
Room 2 – American Indians on the Plains – Crafts and skills developed for surviving on the plains – Interactive presentation by Ken Weidner, Copeland, KS
Room 3 – Pioneers on the Plains – Interactive presentation by Sherrie Smith, Hays, KS

2017 Program – Celebrating Buffalo Bill January 17, 18

This year we celebrate the 100th anniversary of Buffalo Bill’s death by honoring him and sharing his important role in history and his time in Kansas.  Our Kansas Day program will present Buffalo Bill Experience on January 18th  for grades 3-8.  January 17th grades K-2 will participate in an interactive program about Buffalo Bill in Kansas.

The Buffalo Bill ExperienceThe BUFFALO BILL EXPERIENCE is “EDU-tainment” that’s chock full of all the wagon train driving, Army scouting, Indian fighting, and Pony Express riding adventures that made Buffalo Bill an American icon, gathering legendary friends like Wild Bill Hickok, Kit Carson, Annie Oakley, General George Armstrong Custer, and Sitting Bull along the way. Modeled after Hal Holbrook’s one-man play “Mark Twain”, Jeff colorfully portrays Buffalo Bill’s amazing “rags to riches to rags” life, blending equal parts humor, drama, and little-known historical anecdotes… (few people know that Buffalo Bill may have been responsible for America adopting the Star Spangled Banner!)    

 

 kids pictures of “Buffalo Bill” and thank you notes received.

2017 thank you cards

 

 

January 17,  Three program times offered: 9:00 am, 10:00 am and 11:00 am
Welcome to Kansas Day – Kansas Day history/symbols – approx 15 minutes
Buffalo Bill in Kansas – The story of Buffalo Bill’s life from age 11 to 22 – approx 15 minutes
Buffalo Bill Wheel Game – Interactive game – approx 15 minutes
Activity – Students will make an arrowhead necklace – approx 15 minutes
Snack – Students will make up a trail mix snack to take with them
Classes are welcome to take group pictures at the sculpture as weather permits

January 18,  Two program times offered:  9:30 am and 1:00 pm 
9:30 – 10:15 – Buffalo Bill Experience presentation
10:15 – 10:30 – Activity – students will make an arrowhead necklace
10:30 – 10:45 – Snack – students will make up a trail mix snack to take
Classes are welcome to take group pictures at the sculpture as weather permits

 Resources:  
Kansas Day in The Classroom visit the Kansas Historical Society

The town of Sheridan

Sheridan 1868

2016 Program – 1860’s Kansas – The “Wild West” –   January 29
What was life like out here in western Kansas when we became a state?
Our 2016 “Wild West” theme takes kids back in time to see what it was like here in Kansas in the 1860’s when Kansas became a state.  Learn about the history of our area and the “Wild West” town of Sheridan.  Students will travel along the Smoky Hill Trail and encounter those who traveled and those who protected the travelers.
Each session lasts about 20 minutes
Lobby:    Welcome to the “Wild West” – Kansas 1860’s.  The Railroad and the “Wild West” town of Sheridan
Room 1:   Along the Smoky Hill Trail – Who was going west and why?
Room 2:   Forts and Soldiers – Protectors of the “Wild West”
Room 3:   The Chuck Wagon makes a stop on the trail and fixes up a snack

Teachers take home packet (funded by Midwest Energy Community Fund Grant) includes activities and information from the presentations.  Schools received a copy of Trails of the Smoky Hill by Wayne C. Lee and Howard C. Raynesford for their school library, courtesy of Logan County Farm Bureau Services.

Teacher Resources: Smoky Hill Trail Association, Butterfield Trail Museum, Fort Wallace Museum 
Kansas Collection Articles, Notes of Howard Raynesford, The Butterfield Overland Despatch or Smoky Hill Trail
Clyde W. Blackburn: Sheridan-Lawless City of the Plains PDF
“Hidden History” – The Ghost Town of Sheridan Kansas  You Tube video
Wikipedia, Kansas Forts and Posts

Mrs. Pilkington, Oakley Elementary 3 grade: “It was all perfect, and we enjoyed all we learned”.

Damian Melgoza, Gove, KS (volunteer cavalry):  “You should be proud of the organization it took to put on the event.  I’ve had seven or more kids come up to me over the past week and recognize me as Calvary!  Everyone was really impressed and had a good time”.

2015 Program – Kansas – Corn on the Plains – January 29Kansas Day 2015
Each session lasts about 20 minutes
Lobby:    Corn in Kansas History
Room 1:  Education – Ethanol Presentation by Western Plains Energy
Room 2:  Activity – Grocery Store – corn identification game
Room 3:  Food – Popcorn, Corn Chips – Learn and taste
Time permitting: Class Picture with Captain Cornelius

Teacher take home packs include activity books for the students and books for the school library.

Teachers:  For more educational materials visit National Agriculture in The Classroom
Other resources available from our sponsors:  Western Plains Energy, LLC, Crop Production Services, National Corn Growers Association

2014 Program – January 29 – Celebrating Kansas History
Each session lasts about 20 minutes.
Lobby Welcome:  State Symbols presentation and Kansas Mural History
Room 1:  Tribute to the Bison – Education about the buffalo and how it was used by Native Americans.  Students get to see and touch parts of the buffalo.Tribute to the Buffalo
Room 2:  Craft project – Making & Decorating a Plains Indian Parfleche (par-flesh) – These small bags or cases were typically used for holding dried meats, seeds and snacks. download
Room 3: Snacks – Students decorate a sunflower cookie and learn about the uses of sunflowers by our Native American ancestors.
At the sculpture – School period time permitting, students will visit the bronze sculpture, learn about the artist and the history and have a class photo taken.

 Teachers:  For information about Kansas Day in The Classroom visit the Kansas Historical Society
  For information about The Nature Conservancy, Smoky Valley Ranch, visit Get Rural Kansas