What Kansas Means to Us

After the program with Thomas Fox Averill on April 19, participants had the opportunity to share their thoughts about their relationship to the State of Kansas.

“Openness – Night Sky – Amount of sunshine – Cottonwood trees rustling in the wind – Wheat fields”

“Proud Kansas is part of Wizard of Oz”  Karla Bahret

Long shadows in the Flint Hills – Ability to see a storm coming all afternoon – Cool summer mornings with dew on the grass”

“Whenever I would go away from Kansas for any great amount of time, then hear the word ‘Kansas’ or see a license plate from Kansas, etc., it would brighten my day just a little more.

The values I still hold on to, I learned while growing up as a child in Kansas (in the Lutheran Church), even though the majority of my years weren’t spent living in Kansas.”

“Sunsets that take your breath away!

Every spring the only ‘eternal optimists’ in the world climb on their big green (or red) machines and proceed to turn the rich Kansas soil into fields of corn or beans to feed the world!”   Janet Martinek

“Kansas means ‘home.’  Since the age of 5 I’ve never lived more than 60 miles from Topeka.  It’s great to have family close!  Travels have taken me to all the “corners” of the U.S., but I’m always anxious to get home!”

“Weather – My Heritage – Traditions – Love of Scenery – Been a Kansan for 82 years”

“Beautiful sunsets – Clear night skies – Friendly people – Corn fields – ‘Straight’ roads – Changing weather – Beautiful spring weather – Great bar-b-q”  Connie Kelsey

“Openness – Spaces – Clear air most of the time – Blowing wheat – How beautiful”

“Thunderstorms – Traditions – Click your heels together – Generous – Kind – Giving”

“No matter where you go about the world, you can find a connection to Kansas that fosters an immediate feeling of community.”

“Kansas is not flat.  Some of my fondest memories of family time were the single day or overnight trips we took around the state on rainy days.  My father was a farmer and those were the only times we had to take as vacations.

I grew up dring the time when I-70 was being constructed and also Lakes, Perry, Tuttle Creek, Pomona John Redmond and Melvern were being built.  We toured all of those construction sites.

I was in the 4th or 5th grade in 1961 during the Kansas Centennial and we traveled to lots of small towns to celebration events.

No we don’t have mountains but there is such a contrast of hills and plains, every corner of the state is different.”  Jill Burton