Archive for the ‘history’ Category

The Mentholatum Building

February 15th, 2012 at 11:39 pm

The old Mentholatum building in Wichita – now The Spice Merchant. From WSU Special Collections, a bit of history about the building. ***

buildings, cities, commerce, history

Black Jack maples

February 4th, 2012 at 6:05 am

Black Jack Battlefield Park, Douglas County, Kansas.

history, landscape

To Baldwin City and Beyond

January 31st, 2012 at 11:15 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: TO BALDWIN CITY AND BEYOND It was two weeks before the 151st anniversary of statehood, but it felt like Kansas Day to me. Dave and I were in the car, white stripes slipping behind us as we drove eastbound. Ahhh. The blue sky, the open […]

columns, history, traveling, vittles

Black Jack Shadows

January 30th, 2012 at 5:42 am

Black Jack Battlefield Park near Baldwin City.


In the Heart of Tornado Alley

December 10th, 2011 at 10:40 pm

  Last Wednesday evening I drove to Wichita to a book launch at Watermark Books. “Kansas – in the Heart of Tornado Alley.” It’s a book of photos about Kansas’ tornadic history. From the Introduction: “The connection between the tornado and Kansas is as much about image and reputation as hard statistics.” While talking about […]

events, history, Kansans, weather


August 25th, 2011 at 6:19 am

Pawnee Rock State Park

history, small towns

The Warkentin Home

August 23rd, 2011 at 10:51 am

Today’s Flyover People column as seen in The Emporia Gazette: THE WARKENTIN HOME When Bernhard Warkentin moved to America in the 1870s, he came not as a shy immigrant, but a man who would make a difference. The 1918 “A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans” described him in this way: “Mr. Warkentin’s business life […]

history, Kansans

Coffeyville Bricks

August 21st, 2011 at 11:45 am

Bricks from Vitrified Brick Co., Coffeyville, Kans. Photo taken at the Warkentin House, Newton. Coffeyville was prolific in its brick-making. You can find Coffeyville bricks all over this state. (And, follow Dr. Samuel Crumbine’s advice: Don’t spit on the sidewalk.)  


K-15 highway is…

August 15th, 2011 at 8:59 am

Tuesday Night at the Museum

August 8th, 2011 at 6:31 pm

NIGHT AT MUSEUM SERIES FEATURES TALK FROM LOCAL AUTHOR Tuesday night’s speaker at the Night at the Museum series will be the author of the book and column “Flyover People: Life on the Ground in a Rectangular State.” Cheryl Unruh will talk about her writing and observations of life in Kansas. Tuesday, Aug. 9,  7 […]

history, life on the ground

The short story

August 7th, 2011 at 8:45 am

Dave and I trekked to Mennonite territory yesterday. Robert Collins and I had a book-signing event at Threshing Days in Goessel at the Mennonite Heritage Museum. North of Goessel a ways, on K-15 near the Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church is this state marker. My father’s people (and likely yours) came to this country as immigrants. Here’s […]

history, Kansans