On January 29, 1861, Kansas became the 34th state to be admitted to the Union, meaning the Sunflower State turns 162 today (Sunday).
Happy Birthday Kansas!
Here are some ways to celebrate Kansas Day:
Go see a free screening of “Kansas: An Immersive Dome Experience” at Exploration Place today. The film is free with admission to Exploration Place exhibits and includes members. Showings are: 10:30am, 11:30am, 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm and 4:30pm The 25-minute film is shot exclusively with aerial footage captured by drone-flying cinematographers in more than 40 locations throughout Kansas.
Visit the Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum today at 2:00 pm in downtown Wichita for a special program. Our statehood will be celebrated “in song and verse,” says the museum’s website. Orin Friesen is the master of ceremonies. The program in DeVore Auditorium will feature the Diamond W Wranglers, Jenny Lou & the Buckaroos and cowboy poet Scott Wiswell.
See images of breathtaking Kansas and wildlife scenes taken by Eagle photographers in a Facebook gallery.
A thunderstorm system passes near Emporia on May 14, 2020.
Listen to songs about Kansas or some written by Kansas locals. Wichita teacher Hannah Schaake created this Spotify playlist:
Explore Kansas through our interactive map highlighting all 105 counties.
A setting sun can be seen from atop a hill in Konza Prairie near Manhattan.
And here’s a list of other Kansas Day events around the state: