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Portrait of Ernest Hemingway and Pauline Pfeiffer, Paris, Circa 1927. (Photo Courtesy of JFK Presidential Library)
KPR Staff Thu, 11/05/2015 - 09:16

Q: Ernest Hemingway wrote much of his novel A Farewell to Arms while living in a suburb of Kansas City. Name the town!

These bricks were the brainchild of Dr. Samuel Crumbine of Dodge City, Kan., who served as Secretary of the Kansas State Board of Health from 1904 to 1924. Crumbine was concerned with the spread of disease and fought for sanitary conditions. The Capital City Vitrified Brick and Paving Company of Topeka was apparently the first company to create the "Don't Spit" bricks. The Coffeyville Vitrified Brick and Paving Company and others followed. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society/kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/30/2015 - 00:00

Q: The character of Doc Adams on the long-running TV series Gunsmoke was played by Milburn Stone, who grew up in BurrtonKan. (near Hutchinson).  Doc Adams was not only played by a Kansan, the character he played is said to be based on a real-life doctor from Dodge City who became the state health director in Kansas. Can you name this pioneer of public health who became a national figure in the fight against infectious disease?

(Flickr Photo by Tyler)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/09/2015 - 08:59

Q: The wealthiest man in all of Iowa is a multi-billionaire farmer named Harry Stine

A Hesston Rape Swather/Windrower (Photo by Mick Garratt/Creative Commons)
KPR Staff Fri, 10/02/2015 - 00:00

Q: This high school mascot is named after a specific piece of farm equipment that's also manufactured in this central Kansas town. Name the mascot and the Kansas high school to which it belongs.  

KPR Staff Fri, 09/04/2015 - 00:00

Q: The telephone prefix for many state government agencies and departments in Topeka is 296.

In 1921, the last Carnegie built library in the United States opened in Canton, in McPherson County. (Photo by Gary Clark/phototree.com)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/28/2015 - 00:00

Q: The last Carnegie Library built in the United States opened in 1921 and continues to be used as a public library today.

The Western Auto Building, also known as the Coca-Cola Building or the Candler Building, is located at 2107 Grand Boulevard, in the Crossroads neighborhood of Kansas City, Mo. The twelve-story building was built for the Coca-Cola Company in 1914 and later became the headquarters of the Western Auto Supply Company. (Flickr Photo by Matt Meier)
KPR Staff Fri, 08/21/2015 - 00:00

Q: Born in 1886 in Mound Valley, Kan., this man attended Parsons Business College and then started the Western Auto Supply Company with an initial investment of just five dollars.

A view of a street in Chanute, Kan., taken between 1880 and 1899, shortly after its inception as a town. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Wed, 08/05/2015 - 15:23

Q: In 1873, the communities of Tioga, Chicago Junction, Alliance and New Chicago all merged together to form a brand new town in southeast Kansas.

Mickey Mantle (labeled) played shortstop on The Whiz Kids, the 1948 Cardinal Junior League championship team from Baxter Springs, Kan. The original photograph was autographed by Mantle in 1986. (Photo Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Fri, 07/31/2015 - 00:00

Q: Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Mickey Mantle was born in Oklahoma, but before he became a New York Yankee he played semi-professional and minor-league baseball in Kansas.

(Photos Courtesy of Kansas Historical Society / kansasmemory.org)
KPR Staff Thu, 07/09/2015 - 09:14

Q: When this man discovered Pluto in 1930, another Kansan was serving as Vice President of the United States. Can you name both of these high-achieving Kansans?

 

The Scarecrow’s pitchfork from the "Wizard of Oz" (at least one of them) is on display at the Museum of World Treasures in Wichita.
KPR Staff Fri, 06/26/2015 - 09:00

Q: A pitchfork used by the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz is on display at this Kansas attraction.

 Goodland is home to a giant reproduction of the painting “3 Sunflowers in a Vase," by Vincent Van Gogh. (Flickr Photo by cj)
KPR Staff Fri, 06/19/2015 - 00:00

Q: What Kansas community considers itself “The Golden Buckle on the Wheat Belt?” 

Halstead, Kansas's Riverside Park is where all the Labor Day picnic scenes were filmed for William Inge's 1955 film version of "Picnic." The park and many landmarks still existed at the time of the movie's 50th anniversary in 2005. The merry-go-round and cable suspension footbridge, which spans the Little Arkansas River, are still located there.
KPR Staff Fri, 06/12/2015 - 00:00

Q: Sixty years ago this month, Hollywood producers wrapped-up their on-location filming in Kansas for this 1950s movie.

The Shunga Trail along the Shunganunga Creek in Topeka. (Wikimedia Photo by  Mdupontmobile)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/22/2015 - 00:00

Q: Winding through the city of Topeka is a little river called the Shunganunga Creek. The name of this creek comes from an Indian word meaning what?


 

On May 25, 1986, the University of Kansas became the first university in the nation to dedicate one of these on campus. (Photo by J. Schafer)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/15/2015 - 00:00

On May 25, 1986, the University of Kansas became the first university in the nation to dedicate one of these on campus. What was dedicated?

Still in the game...c. 1913. (Photo via Library of Congress)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/08/2015 - 09:52

Q: Gambling halls and smoke-filled saloons with games of chance have been part of the Kansas landscape since our Wild West days.

A worker bolts beams during construction of the Empire State Building in 1929; the Chrysler Building can be seen in the background. (Photo via Wikimedia)
KPR Staff Fri, 05/01/2015 - 00:00

Q: It was on this May Day - May 1, 1931 - that the Empire State Building was officially dedicated in New York City!

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

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