The 150th anniversary of Kansas Statehood is nearly upon us, as is the anniversary of the American Civil War.
Kansas entered the Union as a free state on January 29, 1861, and then half the nation seceded. Anyone who thinks this period of our nation's history was romantic is an idiot. It was unimaginably stressful, filled with hardships and uncertainty. Over the next four years, my goal is to publicize as much as possible in as many ways as possible, the connection between Kansas and the war. It is a rich, powerful history and I look forward to sharing it and to hearing from you.