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Shawnee Mission
  • Margaret Evelyn Whittemore
    born: Topeka, Kansas, United States ; died: Sarasota, Florida, United States
  • Shawnee Mission, 1930s
  • Where object was made: Wyandotte County, Kansas, United States
  • color linocut
  • Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 237 x 281 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 5/16 x 11 1/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 14 x 19 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0512
Label Text

Shawnee Mission in Johnson County was established in 1839 by the Methodist Episcopal Church with the Reverend Thomas Johnson in charge. It was the first effort of the government to fit the Indian for citizenship by manual training. The mission was first used for civil purposes in 1855, when it housed the territorial legislature. During the Civil War the buildings were barracks of Union troops. The school was abandoned in 1864. This building has been restored by the Kansas State Historical Society.