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Kansas has a rich and colorful history that ranges from the Bleeding Kansas days of Territorial Kansas to the drama of early settlement to the rugged days of the cattle towns.

Outline the history of your town and look for significant details that might add spice to the story!

The first step in assessing the history of your town is to develop a timeline from the founding of your town to present-day. Here are some questions to help with the timeline:
  1. What significant events surrounded the founding of your town?
  2. What significant or infamous events made an impact upon your town?
  3. What present-day physical evidence helps tell the story of your town?
  4. Peruse old newspapers and genealogical records, and go though the local museum as if for the first time.
  5. Use each of the rural culture elements to help you think of every aspect of your town's story.

*Historical interpretation through signage and walking tours

There are about 16 historical markers in downtown Caldwell that tell about the time period when Caldwell was a wild and wooly cowtown. They provide a self-guided cemetery tour brochure. Also, see their Ghostriders of the Chisholm Trail silhouette's on south U.S. 81.

Hays has developed a walking tour brochure that guides a person to the 25 bronze plaques that mark historic places throughout the downtown.

*Historical interpretation through museums

The professionally-designed displays in the Adobe Museum in Grant County do an excellent job of telling the story of the county from the early days through present-day.

Some museums feature a historical theme. The Santa Fe Trail Center in Larned tells the story of the Santa Fe Trail.

*Historical interpretation through events

Every three years Medicine Lodge commemorates the signing of the 1867 peace treaty with a dramatic pageant. Humboldt has an event that recognizes its role during the Civil War.