Happy Kansas Day!  Today the Sunflower State turns 157 years old.  On January 29, 1861, Kansas became the 34th state.  Here are a few trivia facts about the state.
  • Did you know the first woman mayor in the United States was a Kansan?  Susanna Madora Salter was elected mayor of Argonia, Kansas on April 4, 1887, just weeks after Kansas women had gained the right to vote in city elections.
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower, the 34th President of the United States, lived in Kansas from age 2 through his graduation from high school.  His Presidential library is located in Abilene, Kansas.
  • There was also a Vice-President from Kansas.  Charles Curtis, born in Topeka on January 25, 1860, served as Vice-President under Herbert Hoover from 1929-1933.
  • Hattie McDaniel, the first African American to ever win an Oscar, was born in Wichita, Kansas on June 10, 1895.  She was awarded best supporting actress for her role in the 1939 film “Gone with the Wind.”
  • The very first Pizza Hut restaurant opened in Wichita, Kansas on June 15, 1958.  The international franchise was started by two Wichita State University students, brothers Dan and Frank Carney.
  • Amelia Earhart, renowned aviator and first female pilot to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, was born in Atchison, Kansas on July 24, 1897.
  • The state motto of Kansas is “Ad Astra per Aspera,” Latin for “to the stars through difficulties.”

If you would like to learn more about our state or just want to read a good story set in Kansas, you can find many Kansas books at the Olathe Public Library.