Opening Chat January 27, 2021

Opening Chat January 27, 2021

– [Deb] Welcome to Around Kansas, I’m Deb Goodrich. Well here we are, done with January. We’ve made it this far, so let’s keep our fingers crossed for the rest of the year. So, lots of historic things happening and of course the inauguration of Kamala Harris was one of those and it has reignited a lot of interest in Charles Curtis, native Topekan who was our first person of color to serve as Vice President of the United States. If you go to our Facebook page, you will find a link to a short film that we did with the Shawnee County Historical Society and the Kansas Humanities, I can’t think of what their name is. Kansas something for the Humanities? So sorry, but we did that a few years ago and we will put up a link for that on our Facebook page and a link for an article that I wrote two or three years ago for Wild West Magazine about the life of Charles Curtis. Kent Burton and I are working on a book, as we speak, so lots of timely things. And then of course many of you saw on CBS Sunday morning, a couple of weeks ago, our friends Colleen Sharp and Jim Pepper Henry of the Kaw Nation speaking about Charles Curtis. So we’re very happy that Charles Curtis, our Charley, is in the news and of course one of the big pieces of news surrounding Curtis and Kansas is that his home in Topeka is up for sale. Don and Nova Cottrell, who dedicated their lives, pretty much, to restoring that home have both passed away and they were such gracious people and so devoted to that place and to telling his story and we just miss them so much. But we hope that a buyer can be found that will preserve that home and keep it open to the public and, you know, something can be done to, to save the history and all the hard work that Don and Nova put in over the years. So, that’s right, just a block or two from the State House. It’s beautiful, kind of eclectic architecture from what I understand. It has Moorish influences with its domes and just all kinds of stuff going on with that house. But the woodwork inside was just absolutely stunning. It’s just so beautiful and they worked so hard. Oh my goodness. Years and years and years and collecting items that were period appropriate if not from the house itself or from the family. So, yeah, we, we hope that something can, can be done about that. Lots of other things going on. So if you want to share something with us, just let me know, send me an email. I want to put in a plug real quick for our friends at Grass and Grain. I have a weekly column there and I am just always amazed by the people that say, "Hey, I read your column in Grass and Grain!" And of course lots of other friends have columns in there too and it’s just a wonderful publication. So make sure you give a nod to Grass and Grain and if you do anything related to the Ag world at all, you’ll find this publication very, very interesting. We’ve got a great show, show. Really great shoe, we’ve got a really great shoe for you. Stay with us.

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