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Happy birthday to the state of Kansas!

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The State of Kansas celebrated today its 153rd birthday. Kansas has been a very historical state where many different episodes and decisions rippled around the country for this state that many say, “is nice to fly over.”

Yet, a lot of things were endeavored in Kansas before moving to other states including the most notable controversial decision of whether the state would become a free-state or slave-state before the Civil War. Thanks to many different radical groups on either side of the Kansas-Missouri border, Kansas rapidly became known as “Bleeding Kansas.” John Brown and his sons fought fearlessly for freedom for African-Americans and William Quantrill’s raid on Lawrence proved to be disastrously successful killing nearly 200 young boys and men ages 12 and up.

Kansas has also provided a lot of food for the world over the decades from wheat and thereby, bread. Many settlers from around the world immigrated to Kansas creating a diverse group of strong, independent stock who outlasted Native-American raids and freezing cold winters. Most notable individuals from Kansas are plentiful and include William Allen White, (1868–1944), author and newspaper editor, Hattie McDaniel, (1895–1952), actress, Wichita, Kansas, Dee Wallace, (born 1948), actress, Kansas City, Kansas, Dwight Eisenhower, (1890–1969), 34th President of the United States, Allied commander in World War II, raised in Abilene, Kansas, Russell Stover, (1888–1954), founder of Russell Stover Candies, Alton, Kansas, Amelia Earhart, (1897–1937), aviator, Atchison, Kansas, Veronica Campbell-Brown, (born 1982), track and field athlete (Olympic and World Champion), Great Bend, Kansas, and not the least, George Washington Carver, (1864–1943), botanist and chemist, Minneapolis, Kansas.

Today in the capitol, Topeka, Kansas, Governor Sam Brownback hosted a dedication ceremony for the newly renovated capitol building. Many sections of the building were in terrible disrepair over the more than century since it was built. The renovation took 14 years and cost nearly $330 million which also upgraded the electrical and ventilation systems. There was also a grand new chronological section emphasizing the vast historical events occurring throughout the state’s history.

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