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Buddy Bison Celebrates Kansas’ 150th Birthday

Brown V Board Of Education National Historic Site

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In celebration of Kansas’ 150th anniversary, Kansans from across the state marked the occasion with a birthday bash. The day included encampments, information booths, concerts, and kicked off with a parade through downtown Wichita.

Though outnumbered by a herd of longhorns, Buddy Bison bravely led NPS rangers and volunteers representing the five national park sites of Kansas down Main Street. The NPS parade participants included Buddy Bison, staff and volunteers from Fort Scott NHS, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, and Brown v. Board of Education NHS.

The birth of Kansas in 1861 coincided with the beginning of the Civil War. The skirmishes of Bleeding Kansas, including the actions of abolitionist John Brown, brought national attention to Kansas Territory. Participants from across the state created floats and costumes to highlight the unique history and heritage of Kansas and outstanding recreational opportunities. Approximately 3,000 people attended the parade. Heather Brown, chief of interpretation at Tallgrass Prairie, coordinated the NPS participation and portrayed Buddy Bison in the parade.



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