Subdued Celebration For Kansas' Milestone Birthday

By: Lily Wu - Email
By: Lily Wu - Email

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Monday, January 24, 2011

The state's 150th commemoration is expected to be low-key this year due to budget concerns.

"It's like that all over the country. I think there's a lot of people that aren't celebrating because there's not a lot of money to celebrate with," said Susan Fox, Wichita resident.

The Kansas Historical Society is encouraging people to make grassroots efforts to celebrate the 150th milestone and educate others about the state's heritage.

"We've been feeling the pinch of the economic downturn for a couple of years at our state agencies. It's unfortunate that the sesquicentennial happened during this time," said Teresa Jenkins, Kansas Historical Society Public Information Officer.

The state was officially welcomed as the 34th state in the union on Jan. 29, 1861.

You can learn more about statewide events for the yearlong celebration by clicking here.

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