One story each — Kansas Museum of History celebrates 105 Counties

______________________ Topeka

Frank Melbourne came to Kansas in the late 1800’s to present himself as “The Rain Wizard.” He declared to be the answer to the drought folks in western Kansas suffered at the time. Mr. Melbourne traveled from town to town, and put up dramatic shows to demonstrate how he could make rain.

This is a story based in Sherman County, and is one of the colorful stories presented at the Kansas Historical Society Special Exhibit, 105 stories, 105 counties

Examples of other stories feature:
● Maud Stevens, born Emporia in Lyon County, who became an aerialist and contortionist, and performed in the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis.
● Wes Santee of Clark County, who became known as the Ashland Antelope, and competed in the 1952 Olympics in Helsinki.
● Danielle Boatwright of Leavenworth County, who wore a colorful cowboy hat on the television show, Survivor.

The Exhibit is divided into six regions. and the counties in the featured regions. Here, you will be introduced to a story for each county, artifacts behind the stories, and have access to touch screens that elaborate the stories on the display.

You will also have option to add your own story regarding the featured county.  Your completed story contribution will be added to the Kansas Historical Society collections.

More information:
The 105 stories, 105 counties Special Exhibit is featured March 1st 2019 to February 2nd 2020.

The Kansas Museum of History is located at 6425 SW 6th Avenue in Topeka. For more information visit here.


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