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Psalm 78
. . . we will tell the next generation the praiseworthy deeds of the LORD, his power, and the wonders he has done. .
so the next generation would know them . . . and they in turn would tell their children.
Then they would put their trust in God and would not forget his deeds but would keep his commands.

Saturday, November 24, 2007

Visiting the Santa Fe Trail

Yesterday we spent our day after Thanksgiving taking a day trip to Council Grove, Kansas. Our trek through history in our homeschool is taking us West across the Santa Fe trail, so it seemed fitting to take advantage of being geographically near the trail. (I'm usually bemoaning the fact that we are so far from historical sites. When our curriculum says, "Plan a day trip to an American Revolution battle field" I always feel so bummed!)

Council Grove, Kansas was the last place to stock up before making the difficult way across the southwest plains. The threat of Indian attack or running out of water was real. In Council Grove traders could make wagon repairs, stock up on dry goods, and stop in the Hays House saloon for a drink.

We rolled into town just at lunch time and enjoyed eating in Hays House, the oldest restaurant in continuous operation in America. We wandered through the building and leaned against the original bar pretending to order up a whiskey.

After lunch, we drove to view the trail ruts outside of town, posed next to a trail marker, saw the Last Chance store, walked along the Neosho river, and posed in front of the "post office oak." We enjoyed cookies from Trail Days Bakery, which is located in the Terwilliger house. This house was the last building seen by trail goers on their way out of town.

Kansas History in the News

The Kansas-Missouri football game has Kansas history in the news. For kids that were in my Kansas history class, this Wall Street Journal story is particularly interesting. I hope you'll read it.

For some, today's match is a chance to re-fight old battles. Remember Quantrill's raid? John Brown's revenge? Bleeding Kansas?

I don't know about you, but once again I'm glad to be a Kansan! I've always been a K-State fan, but today I'm pulling for KU. Rock chalk Jayhawk!

Thursday, November 8, 2007

Dwight David Eisenhower report

I really loved reading all your reports about your family's history in Kansas. One family has a relative who came to Kansas from France, another has a relative who came to Kansas from Russia, several are related to Kansas pioneers and farmers, and some of you have families that recently came to Kansas. It is amazing to see the connections to Kansas history within our own class.

This week you are learning about Dwight David Eisenhower. In class I said that Eisenhower was the most significant Kansan in world history. Have you discovered why?

Eisenhower was a key general in World War II, leading important battles in North Africa and then commanding the D-Day invasion. After a distinguished military service, he was elected President of the United States. Enormously popular, people wore buttons declaring"I like Ike."

Look to the right for more Eisenhower links.
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