Leavenworth County communities celebrating Kansas Day
Basehor library having 150th birthday party
Several area groups will celebrate the 150th anniversary of Kansas' statehood this weekend, including a birthday party for Kansas at the Basehor Community Library on Friday.
The Basehor event will begin at 2 p.m. Friday at the library, 1400 158th St.
The event will kick off with a singing of “Happy Birthday” for the state, adult services librarian Laura Carroll said. The celebration will also feature other songs, birthday treats and contests, including sunflower-shaped cookies and a competition in which guests can guess how many sunflower seeds are in a jar. Guests can also win door prizes.
In Leavenworth, the Leavenworth County Historical Society will celebrate Kansas Day from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday with an open house at the Carroll Mansion Museum, 1128 Fifth Ave.
Admission will be free for visitors, who can have a slice of birthday cake and then become eligible for door prizes by correctly answering Kansas trivia questions posted throughout the museum. Also stationed throughout the museum will be First City's Performers and Story Tellers, a group of people who portray historical figures. Among the figures they will play will be Buffalo Bill Cody and Coca-Cola model Hilda Clark.
In Tonganoxie, a banner will be dedicated during a ceremony celebrating Kansas Day that begins at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site, 201 W. Washington St. The 10-by-16 foot banner will be displayed throughout the year at the site.
Some other activities planned:
• Kathy Peak will portray Mollie Myers, longtime owner and operator of the Myers Hotel in Tonganoxie.
• Bob Topping will speak about the Kansas Sampler Festival.
• Singing of “Happy Birthday” and “Home on the Range.”
Displays have been constructed for the ceremony honoring famous Kansans, state symbols, interesting destinations to visit and a few facts about Kansas. Refreshments will be served after the program, and the historic site museum will be open Saturday for the festivities.
And in Linwood, the Linwood Community Library will celebrate the sesquicentennial starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the library, 19649 Linwood Rd.
Refreshments will be served, and a special speaker, Arlene Pritchard, will present a look back in time to the early days of the Linwood area. Participants will become familiar with the library's local and state history collection, and they will have the opportunity to take home books with a Kansas setting.
Shawn Linenberger contributed to this story.