On Friday, Jan. 29, Kansas turns 160-years-old, marking its entry into the Union as the nation’s 34th state on that date in 1861.
In celebration of Kansas Day, which the date is called, Johnson County Library is offering a social media post with a Kansas Day trivia quiz. It also offers a list of resources through JoCo History to learn more about Kansas history. The post is accessible at: https://www.facebook.com/JoCoLibrary/posts/10158865643862999.
While commemorating the state’s 160th anniversary, Johnson County always remains older. The county was formed six years before statehood was granted to Kansas. Johnson County was one of the first 33 counties created on Aug. 25 by the Legislative Act of 1855 in the then territory of Kansas. The state now has 105 counties.
An historical note: the first-ever celebration of Kansas Day occurred in 1877 and was organized with schoolchildren in the classroom of LeGrande Alexander Copley at Paola.
More than a century later, the Kansas Legislature adopted House and Senate concurrent resolutions on Jan. 19, 1984, making Kansas Day an official annual statewide observance on Jan. 29.
The rest is history.