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The Ad Astra sculpture on the Capitol dome was dedicated on Monday, November 4, 2002. The ceremony began with the blessing of the sculpture by Badger Wahwassuck of the Potawatomi Nation. Anna Bergen-Kamerer, granddaughter of the sculptor, follo…
The Kansa tribe inhabited the Kansas River Valley, where it was first encountered by European traders in the early 18th century. Centered around a number of villages, Kansa society possessed a clearly demarcated social structure and rigid gender r…
In 1988, elementary school children of Kansas submitted to the Kansas Arts Commission drawings they thought would be the best idea for a sculpture to top the Capitol dome. Sunflowers, eagles, meadowlarks, farmers, cottonwood trees, wheat shocks, a…
This life-sized sculpture depicted the 22-foot Kansas Capitol dome sculpture "Ad Astra" is a gift to the people of Kansas from the Honorable Bill Graves, forty-third governor of Kansas. It is presented as a proud symbol of our state's heritage,…
The first Spanish explorers arrived in Kansas in 1541, followed by Lewis and Clark in 1804. Westward migration brought the first white settlers - government agents in 1808 and missionaries in 1825. Oil and gas were discovered in 1851. In 1854, Kan…
Under construction for thirty-seven years, the Capitol building was completed in 1903 at a cost of $3,200,588.92. It was considered among the most architecturally handsome buildings in the nation. At a height of 304 feet, the Kansas Capitol is …
With the vision of universal freedomfor all mankindthis tree is dedicated toTerry L. Reynoldsand allPrisoners of WarandMissing in Action
Dedicated to the Citizens of Kansaswho lost their lives while servingin the Armed Forces of the United States May their Sacrifices serve as a Reminderof the Duties, Responsibilities,and Obligations of every Citizen ofour Great State and Nation
Dedicated to the citizens of Kansaswho have served, are serving, and will servein the Armed Forces of the United Statesand the State of Kansas Dedicated November 11, 1997
On these steps on August 18, 1928 andon the North Steps four years laterSenator Charles Curtiswas formally notified that hehad been nominated to be theRepublican candidate for Vice-Presidentof the United States