Happy Birthday, Kansas

It is January, time for cold weather, New Year's resolutions and the birthday of the State of Kansas. It was on Jan. 29, 1861, President Abraham Lincoln signed the document establishing Kansas as the 34th State in the United States of America. This year, Kansas is 161 years old.

During those 161 years, Kansas has acquired some 24 symbols plus mottos, banners and nicknames. It began in 1861 with the State Seal and has continued through 2019 with the state's White Wine Grape, Vignoles, and the state's Red Wine Grape, Chambourcin.

The Kansas symbols include three musical ones. The familiar "Home...


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