? Fort Hays State Historic Site
1472 US Highway 183 Alt
Hays, KS 67601
<www.kshs.org/places/forthays>: Visit this US Army post — active from 1865 to 1889 — and you’ll see the original 1867 blockhouse and 1872 guardhouse, furnished officers’ quarters and American Indian artifacts.
? Fort Scott National Historic Site
US 69 and US 54
Fort Scott, KS 66701
<www.nps.gov/fosc>: The US National Park Service maintains Fort Scott’s 20 historic structures, a military parade ground and 5 acres of restored tallgrass prairie. Established in 1842, Fort Scott now serves as a tribute to western settlement and civilization.
? Frontier Army Museum
100 Reynolds Ave.
Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027
<garrison.leavenworth.army.mil/sites/services/museum.asp>: This museum showcases weapons, uniforms and other equipment used by soldiers serving west of the Mississippi River between 1804 and 1917.
? Kansas Museum of History
6425 SW Sixth Ave.
Topeka, KS 66615
<www.kshs.org/places/museum.htm>: View a panorama of Kansas history in special and permanent exhibits, featuring artifacts such as a Cheyenne tepee, a covered wagon and a locomotive made for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad.
? Mennonite Heritage Museum
200 N. Poplar St.
Goessel, KS 67053
<skyways.lib.ks.us/museums/goessel>: Comprising eight buildings, this museum offers a glimpse into the lives of Russian Mennonites who settled here in 1874.
? Native American Heritage Museum State Historic Site
1737 Elgin Road
Highland, KS 66035
<www.kshs.org/places/nativeamerican>: Exhibits in this museum — once a Presbyterian mission on the Oregon-California Trail — educate visitors about the Great Lakes Indians forced to migrate to Kansas in the 1800s. You’ll also see artwork by their descendants.
? Shawnee Indian Mission State Historic Site
3403 W. 53rd St.
Fairway, KS 66205
<www.kshs.org/places/shawnee>:Between 1839 and 1862, this 12-acre site was a school for Shawnee, Delaware and other Indian nations. See teachers’ living quarters, classrooms, dormitories and tools the children used.
? Kansas Travel & Tourism
700 SW Harrison St.
Topeka, KS 66603
? Topeka Convention & Visitors Bureau
1275 SW Topeka Blvd.
Topeka, KS 66612