Jay Price http://kmuw.org en Happy Birthday, Wichita STATE University! http://kmuw.org/post/happy-birthday-wichita-state-university <p></p><p>This month is Wichita State University’s 50th birthday!</p><p>On July 1, 1964, the University of Wichita officially joined the state university system. It was not an easy journey.</p><p>The University of Wichita had been municipal university since the 1920s. By the 1960s, however, many in Wichita believed that the time had come for WU to join the state university system, serving the state, not just one city.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jay Price 37481 at http://kmuw.org Happy Birthday, Wichita STATE University! The German Influence In Wichita's Early Days http://kmuw.org/post/german-influence-wichitas-early-days <p></p><p></p><p>In 1878, the editors of the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Illinois_Staats-Zeitung">Illinois Staats-Zeitung</a>, a German-language newspaper out of Chicago, visited Wichita and noted that the city’s population was about a third German, among them mayor and Wichita founding father <a href="http://www.century2.org/AboutUs/Century+II+History/Greiffenstein.htm">Wilhelm “Dutch Bill” Greiffenstein</a>. The visitors were impressed that there was even a fraternal “Turnverein,” or Turner’s Society, in town.</p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jay Price 34479 at http://kmuw.org The German Influence In Wichita's Early Days Past And Present: The Life of a Wichita Intersection http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-life-wichita-intersection <p></p><p>I recently had the privilege to lead two walking tours along Douglas Avenue. Many were amazed at how much the center of Wichita has changed.</p><p>A photograph of Douglas and Main from 1870 shows a few wood structures and tents in the middle of a grassy plain. Two years later, according to one recollection, the intersection “clanged with the noisy spurs of Texas cowboys and Mexican ranchmen” and “a brass band played from morning to far into the night on a two-story platform raised over the sidewalk.”</p> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jay Price 33342 at http://kmuw.org Past And Present: The Life of a Wichita Intersection How A Digital Database Revealed The Early Days Of Delano http://kmuw.org/post/how-digital-database-revealed-early-days-delano <p></p><p></p><p></p><p>Historians will always need to visit archives and libraries, although it is truly amazing how much information is available in digital form.</p><p>A few months ago, I was looking at a <a href="http://gis.sedgwick.gov/pdfmaps/">Sedgwick County mapping database</a> and was surprised when a search for material on Delano turned up a document for the community of Elgin, platted in early 1871. A quick search turned up an almost identical plat for the community of Delano a few months later. Clearly, one replaced the other.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 10:00:00 +0000 Jay Price 31254 at http://kmuw.org How A Digital Database Revealed The Early Days Of Delano An Alternate History For Kansas Day http://kmuw.org/post/alternate-history-kansas-day <p></p><p></p><p>One nice thing about teaching Kansas history is that it is easy to draw a state map: just create a rectangle with one corner nibbled off.</p><p>This map could have been very different, however.</p><p>Our story begins in 1854, with the creation of the massive Territory of Kansas that extended from Missouri to the Continental Divide. With Utah on its western border, territorial Kansas included both Pike’s Peak and Bent’s Fort.</p> Tue, 28 Jan 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Jay Price 29309 at http://kmuw.org An Alternate History For Kansas Day Past and Present: American Celebrations http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-american-celebrations <p></p><p></p><p>Traditionally, Christians marked December as the season of Advent, paralleling the role of Lent before Easter. Christmas celebrations were to <em>begin</em> at Christmas. That practice has been under siege for generations, with Christmas, it seems, now threatening to engulf Thanksgiving.</p> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jay Price 27702 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: American Celebrations Past and Present: Wichita State's Oldest Building http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-wichita-states-oldest-building <p></p><p>The oldest surviving structure on Wichita State’s campus, Fiske Hall’s story began in 1904 with a donation from Charlotte Fiske of Massachusetts to construct a new men’s dormitory at what was then Fairmount College. Tue, 05 Nov 2013 11:00:00 +0000 Jay Price 25797 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: Wichita State's Oldest Building Past and Present: A President's Kansas Heritage http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-presidents-kansas-heritage <p></p><p>Recently, two students and I had a chance to work on a project that looked at the <a href="http://obamakansasheritage.org/">Kansas ancestors of President Barack Obama</a>. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Jay Price 23494 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: A President's Kansas Heritage Past and Present: The Pride Of The Interurban http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-pride-interurban <p></p><p></p><p>In the 1910s, a person in Kansas City who wanted to attend the University of Kansas-University of Missouri game in Lawrence only needed to take the trolley to the station of the Kaw Valley Interurban, where trains left every hour on the half hour. Wed, 07 Aug 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Jay Price 21508 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: The Pride Of The Interurban Past and Present: Route 66 http://kmuw.org/post/past-and-present-route-66 <p></p><p>Over the years, I have traveled down various segments of Route 66 that, taken together, have covered or paralleled nearly the entire length of “the Mother Road.” Wed, 26 Jun 2013 17:30:00 +0000 Jay Price 19254 at http://kmuw.org Past and Present: Route 66