We all get to celebrate a second birthday this year. Kansas’ 150th birthday is January 29, 2011. Activities with free or very cheap price tags are happening around the state all year, but here are a few I found going on in Wichita this weekend.
Know of any others? Drop me a note in the comments section below so I can add it!
Friday, January 28
- Sunflower Invitational at Gallery XII. Not necessarily a sesquicentennial event, this Final Friday open house pays homage to the Kansas state flower and showcases the work of local artists around a sunflower theme. From 6 – 10 p.m. Free.
- What Kansas Means to Me at the Ford Rockwell Branch of the The Wichita Public Library. Thomas Fox Averill discusses his book of collected essays written by people who have ties to our state. 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Free.
- Celebrate Kansas Day at the Kauffman Museum in Newton. Family activities, living history demonstrations, entertainment, bake sale and flea market. From 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. Adults $4.00; Children (ages 6 – 16) $2.00
- What to Wear to the Kansas Sesquicentennial? Wichita-Sedgwick County Historical Museum highlights our history through fashion. Also, special Kansas Day program, “SETTLING THE SEA OF GRASS: MANY COMMUNITIES ONE STATE” by Dr. Jay Price at 2 p.m. (included with admission). Adults $4.00; Children $2.00; 6 & under Free.
- Northfield Players: Kansas Revue at the Central Branch of The Wichita Public Library. Students from Northfield School of Liberal Arts will showcase Kansas history in song, scenes, and monologues. Fun for all ages. 2:30 p.m. Free.
Sunday, January 30
- Great Songs for a Great State at the Evergreen Branch of The Wichita Public Library. Aaron Fowler presents folk music enjoyed by Kansans for over 150 years. 2:30-3:30 p.m. Free.
To find more Kansas Sesquicentennial events, visit TravelKS and use the Advanced Search form (very easy) or see the Calendar at KS150.Kansas.gov (a little more difficult, since events are not searchable by city).