I’ve always liked the Kansas State Historical Society. They’ve got a great museum, I did some of my graduate work deep in their archives and they pushed the completion of the best Kansas history textbook ever.

And lately, they’ve been doing some great stuff with digital and social media stuff. They started with Territorial Kansas, added Kansas Memory after that and recently added their latest contribution to the digital world – Kansapedia.

Modeled after the idea of online encyclopedias, Kansapedia is a treasure trove of well-written articles on a wide variety of subjects. For social studies teacher in Kansas, this is a no-brainer. You’ve got experts in Kansas history, geography, people and events sharing their expertise with your kids for free. Every kid’s computer in the state ought to have a Kansapedia shortcut on the desktop.

You can always search by specific keywords. But you can also browse in five different categories: Alphabetically, People, Place, Race and Ethnicity and Theme.

And I know that many of you are thinking to yourself

I don’t teach in Kansas. What’s the point?

Let’s review.

  • Cattle drives
  • Populism
  • Lewis and Clark
  • Amelia Earhart
  • Air Capital
  • George Washington Carver
  • Bleeding Kansas
  • Carrie Nation
  • Dust Bowl
  • William Allen White
  • Exodusters
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Brown vs. Board of Education
  • Cowboys
  • Indians

You get the idea. Tons of stuff happened here that should be incorporated as part of your history and geography instruction. So it’s pretty darn handy for you too.

See ya there.

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