Thursday, January 29, 2009

Happy 148th Birthday!

Today is KANSAS DAY!
In honor of my home state's birthday, I thought I'd do a blog on the great state of Kansas. For those of you reading this that are in Kansas, thank you for stopping already know all this and need to go partake in the festivities planned for this big day. For the rest of you, here's a little bit about my homeland. :)

Kansas officially became a state on January 29, 1861, becoming the 34th state in the Union.

State flower: Sunflower

State bird: Meadowlark. It's the western meadowlark if you want to get technical about it.

State tree: Cottonwood ("ahhhh-chooo") I'm actually not allergic to cottonwood trees, but a lot of people are. Plus, I always thought it was kind of neat when the cottonwood trees released their cotton and it looked like a snowstorm in the middle of the summer. Ahhh, memories.

State Animal: Buffalo

State Song: "Home on the Range"

State Nickname: Sunflower State, Wheat State or Jayhawk State

The word Kansas comes from the Sioux word meaning "people of the south wind."

State Motto: "Ad Astra per Aspera", which is Latin for "to the stars through difficulties."

Kansas was the first state to constitutionally prohibit alcohol.

Brown v. Board of Education (Topeka, KS) paved the way for integration of schools.

I don't want to bore you with a whole bunch of history, such as Bleeding Kansas, John Brown, etc., etc. If you're interested there is plenty of Kansas history online. By the way, everything I've posted on this blog I knew by memory thanks to many years of Kansas history classes.

You should test your knowledge of here to take a Kansas quiz.

Now...go hum "Home on the Range" and put a bouquet of sunflower on your kitchen table and have a great Kansas Day!

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