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Governor to Begin Series Commemorating Top 25 Notable Kansans

KSCB News - August 17, 2011 10:58 am

Topeka — As part of the state’s celebration of its sesquicentennial this year, Kansas Governor Sam Brownback will hold a series of events across the state to announce the top 25 notable Kansans – five at each event. The first of the five announcements will be tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. at the Kansas Museum of History in Topeka. The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend.

The top 25 Kansans were selected by individuals on the Governor’s blue ribbon panel for history. How many of the top 25 can you name? Here is a hint for each person that will be announced on Thursday:

· This person originated 4-H clubs

· This person is known for his/her enforcement of prohibition laws

· A city in Haskell County is named for this person

· This person helped establish Winter Veterans Administration Hospital in Topeka

· This person signed a total alcohol abstinence pledge at age seven

The blue ribbon panel for history is comprised of: Don Chubb, Topeka; Dr. Virgil Dean, Kansas Historical Society; Gayle Garrelts, Hays; Dr. James Hoy, Emporia State University; Bob Keckeisen, Kansas Historical Society; Nathan McAlister, Royal Valley High School; Dr. Leo Oliva, Woodston; Mary Regan, Finney County Historical Society; J. Schafer, Kansas Public Radio; Dr. James Shortridge, University of Kansas; and Dr. Raymond Wilson, Fort Hays State University.

Events commemorating the top 12 events in Kansas history will be held later in the fall.


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