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Our encyclopedia of Kansas history offers stories of people, places, and a wide range of topics from our state’s past. Most of the articles are written by the Kansas Historical Society; but we invite your submissions to add to these narratives. Browse by people, place, or theme, or several sub-categories.

Here are some popular topics that can help you begin your discovery of Kansas history.

Kaws or Kansa People - who gave our state its name

Kansas - an overview from early times

Kansas-Nebraska Act - that created the territory in 1854

Kansas Territory - an area that spanned from Missouri to the foothills

Kansas State Constitution - also called the Wyandotte Constitution for the location of constitutional convention where it was approved

Kansas Symbols - flowers, animals, reptiles, marches, even dirt

Bleeding Kansas - the turbulent time of Kansas Territory from 1854 to 1861

Notable Kansans - 25 people who were influential in the state's history

Notable Events in Kansas History - 12 major events that impacted our state today

When citing an article from Kansapedia, please credit the Kansas Historical Society, kshs.org.


Entry: Kansapedia

Author: Kansas Historical Society

Author information: The Kansas Historical Society is a state agency charged with actively safeguarding and sharing the state's history.

Date Created: January 2016

Date Modified: April 2024

The author of this article is solely responsible for its content.