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The inventory of monuments located in the
Solomon Valley recognizing WWII veterans has received its first entry.
We thank Lowell Beecher for making this effort and supplying a nice
model for the information to include. We hope to hear from every
community so that we may create a database to be appreciated by families
of veterans as they travel U.S. 24, the WW II Veterans Memorial Highway.
“In Memory and Honor of Those Who Served”
by Lowell Beecher
The Graham County Veterans’ Memorial
Monument was dedicated November 11, 1985. It is located in Hill City at
the southeast corner of the courthouse block on North Pomeroy Avenue.
This is adjacent to the courthouse and across West Street from the
Graham County Public Library.
The memorial lists the names of veterans
from the War Between the States through those serving in the Vietnam
Conflict. Post-1975 veterans are listed separately.
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Contemporary Photos Needed
With our attention drawn to the history and changes along Highway 24, Joyce Suellentrop
urges us to photograph as many existing road sites and businesses as we
can. Some will recall earlier times. Together, they will document the
route now. The places she suggests are the gas stations, diners, motels,
auto dealers, and auto repair shops (including those no longer in
business). If Highway 24 is your Main Street, all the businesses along
that street should be documented. Years from now these photos will be
part of the historical record. This is a living history project we can
work on together
doubt that a small group
of thoughtful citizens can
change the world. Indeed,
it is the only thing
that ever has.”
Kansas Humanities Council
Meet the Speaker for
2014 Annual Meeting
John Edgar Tidwell
explores the art of creating– the doing and redoing that defines that
art. Creative Labor is a process that can be seen in the work of famous
Kansas artists Langston Hughes, Gordon Parks, and Frank Marshall Davis.
Being able to examine their work and Kansas connections with Mr. Tidwell
will provide a chance for discussion. This topic resonates with the
SV-24-HA’s commitment to encourage voices from this time and this place.
John Edgar Tidwell
is a professor of English at the University of Kansas. His program is
sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, a nonprofit organization
promoting understanding of the history and ideas that shape our lives
and strengthen our sense of community.
information for the January 18, 2014, meeting is found with the 2014
Midland Trail Centennial
Update on SV24HA work to stimulate
recognition of the Midland Trail Centennial: About a dozen contacts
statewide have responded to our outreach. We have arranged to meet at
the Kansas Sampler Festival in Wamego, the first weekend in May. The
Midland Trail will have an exhibit in the State Tent.
Two issues of KANSAS MIDLAND TRAIL NEWS
have been sent to all contacts, summarizing their suggestions and
actions taken so far.
David DeAmond has published Sketching the
1916 Midland Trail Across Kansas as I found it a century later. He is
working with us as we plan the Midland Trail rendezvous in Wamego.
Nicodemus Natl. Historic
Site Wraps Up Summer
by Superintendent Angela Wetz
On June 14, I flew to Washington DC
and met with former Senator Bob Dole who recalled his work getting the
enabling legislation for Nicodemus National Historic Site passed. In our
conversation, Senator Dole’s recollections ranged from his growing up in
Russell, his work leading up to the enabling legislation for Nicodemus
National Historic Site, his personal interest in the history of
Nicodemus, and his other contributions to Kansas and National Park
Service legislation. He graciously allowed me to video record our
conversation which can be viewed on our website at
This has been a very exciting project and I am grateful to have
been granted the interview.
The 135th annual Emancipation
Celebration/ Homecoming event was a great success this year. It was a
rainy and cool weekend, which is quite a change from the usual
blistering heat of late July. The National Park Service was honored to
play a small role in the event in the parade and other activities and
sponsor Troy Strahan who portrayed Abraham Lincoln delivering the
Emancipation Proclamation. This year the community celebrated along with
the rest of the country the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation
On August 20th the National Park
Service co-hosted the community learning experience “The Journey from
Ellis to Nicodemus.” Our group of NPS staff and community members
followed the route from the train depot in Ellis to Nicodemus that the
founders of Nicodemus walked. We stopped at “sleepy hallow” and “the
mound” mentioned in the Lulu Craig document. We stopped at the Walz farm
and learned about the original trail crossing their property as noted in
family history as well as wagon ruts, paleontological sites, and a World
War II bombing range. Angela Bates and Thomas Wellington of the
Nicodemus Historical Society and the Walz family provided a great tour.
I am always impressed by the rich history of this area and the valiant
efforts by individuals today to keep that history alive.
On September 7th the NPS hosted the
Nicodemus Historical Society’s program “The Women of Nicodemus: The Way
They Worked” in the Visitor Center. For more information on events and
the site, please visit our website at
www.nps.gov/nico or “like”
our Facebook page at
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