Gotta love the Kansas State Motto!
… ’Tis Ad Astra Per Aspera.
That’s Latin for “To the Stars Through Difficulties.”
’Twas adopted in 1861 as the State Motto, and that same year the phrase was incorporated into the State Seal.
The phrase had been adopted by John James Ingalls – a man from Massachusetts, who moved to Atchison Kansas, and fast became known as a respected lawyer, scholar and orator. In 1861, he served as Secretary of State.
He wrote that : “the aspiration of Kansas is to reach the unattainable; its dream is the realization of the impossible.”
The State Seal, with “Ad Astra Per Aspera” inscribed in a ribbon at top, was incorporated to center the State Flag.
The motto canapes artist images that include:
● a wagon train heading west
● a settler’s cabin and a man plowing a field
● Native Indians hunting Bison
Per this image, Ad Astra Per Aspera frames the spirit of
— pioneers who paved way across Kansas territory,
— of homesteaders who broke ground for farms,
— and of native Americans who took rhythm with the land.
Ad Astra Per Aspera resonated – to today. Throughout the years, many Kansans identified!