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Sculptors from all over the country entered models in a competition conducted by the Treasury Department, Procurement Division, to select a design for a new five-cent coin to be known as the "Jefferson Nickel." Mrs. Nellie Tayloe Ross, (right) Director of the Mint, and Edward Bruce, Chief of Treasury Dept. Procurement Division, Section of Painting and Sculpture, look over a few of the 390 models entered. A prize of $1,000 was awarded to the winner, 4/20/38. (Photo via Library of Congress)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/24/2015 - 00:00

Q: America’s first female governor grew up in Kansas. In 1925, Nellie Ross became the nation’s first woman governor when she was elected to lead the state of Wyoming.

Dwight David Eisenhower, President of the United States, brought to the presidency his prestige as commanding general of the victorious forces in Europe during World War II. Eisenhower obtained a truce in Korea and worked incessantly during his two terms to ease the tensions of the Cold War. (Date: Between 1953 and 1961) Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 04/03/2015 - 00:00

Q: President Dwight Eisenhower, who grew up in Abilene, changed the nation in many significant ways.

The final seconds of the third overtime in the 1957 final between North Carolina and Kansas. Wilt Chamberlain (13) has just rejected Tommy Kearns' (40) jumper. (Photo via KU University Archives)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/27/2015 - 00:00

Q: It’s been called the greatest college basketball game in NCAA tournament history: North Carolina’s triple-overtime victory over the Kansas Jayhawks in the 1957 championship gam

Cast photo of the platoon from the television comedy "The Phil Silvers Show," 1957. (By Tim Marks, Milburn-McCarty Public Relations, New York (eBay front back) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/20/2015 - 00:00

Today’s trivia question comes from KPR’s retired Kansas Trivia Champion… Ted Heim of Topeka! 

The Central Time side of a refurbished sundial in Dodge City, Kan., located near the Amtrak station. (Flickr Photo by jessamyn west)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/13/2015 - 00:00

Q: Most of Kansas is in the Central Time Zone, but four counties out west – with no actual mountains – operate on Mountain Time. Can you name those four Kansas counties?

This polychrome-lithographed lobby card advertises the film "Splendor in the Grass." The screenplay for the 1961 film was written by William Inge and based on his personal experience growing up in Independence, Kan. Inge won an Academy Award for this film. (Image Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 03/06/2015 - 00:00

Q: William Inge (rhymes with binge) was born in Independence, Kan., and grew up to become a famous playwright.

(Flickr Photo by Sean McGrath)
KPR Staff Fri, 02/20/2015 - 00:00

Q: Herbert Merrill Dimond was born in Smith Center, Kan., in 1915.

"Comanche" was the only 7th Cavalry survivor of the Custer Massacre in 1876.  Lots of Indians survived the battle. (Photo Courtesy of Library of Congress)
KPR Staff Thu, 02/12/2015 - 12:18

Q: On display at the University of Kansas for more than 100 years, this horse is believed to have been the last surviving member of George Custer’s 7th Cavalry after the Battle of

A formal portrait of the members of the 1897 Executive Committee of the Kansas chapter of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Thu, 02/05/2015 - 15:56

Q: In 1885, the Kansas Legislature passed a law that required schools to teach this in the classroom. What was it?

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Front page article on the discovery of Pluto from the New York Times, March 14, 1930. (Image Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 01/30/2015 - 09:15

Q: It was in 1926 that Clyde Tombaugh decided to build his own telescope.

Wilt Chamberlain stands on the basketball court of Allen Fieldhouse, during his tenure as a Kansas Jayhawk, ca. 1955. (Photo via Spencer Research Library
KPR Staff Thu, 01/22/2015 - 15:44

Q: The late Wilt Chamberlain is still the only man to ever score 100 points in an NBA game. The former Kansas Jayhawk has now been honored by the U.S.

The main business street looking north in Hugoton, Kan., 1891. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Tue, 01/13/2015 - 10:25

Q: This southwest Kansas community is named after a French poet and writer who authored many works, including: The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.

Samuel Ramey is pictured at left in Verdi's "Attila."
KPR Staff Fri, 01/09/2015 - 09:20

Q: This professor at Wichita State University has been recognized for distinguished achievement by the editors of Opera News.

This is the inner dome with its new chandelier in the Kansas State Capitol. The original chandelier was removed during a World War II scrap metal drive. (Flickr Photo by Mike Linksvayer)
KPR Staff Wed, 12/17/2014 - 09:51

Q: Inside the rotunda at the Kansas Statehouse, you'll find a replica of the massive chandelier that once hung from the capitol dome. What happened to the ORIGINAL chandelier?

(Photo by ThreeOak)
KPR Staff Thu, 12/11/2014 - 16:20

Q: Traditionally… what time does Santa Claus arrive in Kansas on Christmas Eve?

KPR Staff Fri, 11/21/2014 - 15:15

Q: Astronaut Ron Evans, of St. Francis, was the first Kansan to go into space. He did so as part of Apollo 17, the last manned mission to the Moon. As Command Module Pilot, his ...

KPR Staff Fri, 11/14/2014 - 15:19

Q: As a West Point cadet, Dwight D. Eisenhower played football for the army, where he competed against one of the greatest athletes of the 20th Century. Eisenhower later said th...

KPR Staff Fri, 11/07/2014 - 15:15

Q: Most of the residents who live in this Kansas community actually live inside a private gated community WITHIN the city limits. This incorporated City of the 3rd Class has a l...

Lake Quivira Gate
KPR Staff Thu, 11/06/2014 - 14:29

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KPR Staff Fri, 10/31/2014 - 14:15

Q: In the mid 1800s, the U.S. military brought in a Catholic priest to perform an exorcism at a military installation in Kansas. The sacred rite of exorcism is designed to drive away demo...

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