A Newsletter for Kansas Educators
A message from our director Mary Madden
Curriculum Corner
What is a primary source?

Primary sources are evidence of the past created by people who lived at that time. Historians use them to interpret or understand what happened at a different time and place. 

Since 1875, the Kansas Historical Society has been collecting primary sources that document state history including photographs, documents, artifacts, letters, and government records. 

You can access more than 700,000 items at our digital repository, kansasmemory.org . Three lessons on how to analyze and interpret primary sources can be found by clicking the link below.
Classroom Spotlight
Together we are better. 
Classroom Spotlight will be a regular column in the newsletter with your help. We want students to enjoy learning state history. Please share your favorite original Kansas history lessons for other teachers to see. We will post one lesson a month in the newsletter.

What lesson or activity have you done that your students loved? Do you have pictures of the final product? Did you use any Kansas Historical Society resources with your class? Can you tell us what you did and the outcome? Please send your materials, including videos, to kshs.education@ks.gov . We look forward to hearing from you. 

Educators' Night Out
For your safety, the 2020 Educators’ Night Out scheduled for August 6 has been canceled. Watch the Topeka Alliance of Museum Educators Facebook page for information on educational resources available in the Topeka area. 
From the Collections
Forty-nine blocks of ribbons make up this crazy quilt owned by suffragists Lucy and William Johnston. The 90 ribbons date from between 1882 and 1930 and show the couple’s intense level of political involvement.
Lucy Johnston embodied the Progressive Era woman. Holding a Doctor of Law degree and membership in at least 10 reform organizations, she fought for traveling libraries in rural Kansas and temperance in addition to women’s suffrage. When elected president of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association in 1911 Johnston proved to be an effective and well-connected leader. The following year Kansas women won the right to vote. Her husband William Johnston, also a supporter of women’s suffrage, served as chief justice of the Kansas Supreme Court.  
This quilt is featured in Upward to Equality: Kansas Women Fight to Vote, commemorating the centennial of the 19th Amendment.
Ask a Historian
Many people have been wondering if there was any other time in history that Kansans experienced a pandemic? We asked curator Blair Tarr to answer this question. 
Next month one of our professionals will answer your question. What do you or your students want to know about Kansas history?
Make and Take
At one time, drinking cups could kill. 

Samuel Crumbine (1862–1954) is considered a national pioneer of public health . Since 1955 a national Samuel J. Crumbine Consumer Protection Award has been given annually to a local environmental health jurisdiction demonstrating unsurpassed achievement.
One of his most successful campaigns helped stop the use of public drinking cups. Trains, train stations, and public and private schools all had shared drinking cups. Each cup was reused multiple times by anyone needing a drink without being cleaned between uses. When Crumbine observed the use of these cups he found young children drinking from them after people sick with serious diseases such as tuberculosis. 
 Crumbine believed that the spread of disease could be reduced by banning the public drinking cup. In 1909, Kansas became the first state to do so. 
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