Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas is an archdiocese of the Latin Rite of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States of America. The Archdiocese comprises the following twenty-one counties of the US State of Kansas: The archbishop's episcopal seat is located at the Cathedral Church of Saint Peter in Kansas City, Kansas; the archdiocese was established as the Vicariate Apostolic of Indian Territory East of the Rocky Mountains on July 19, 1850 by Pope Pius IX. It was composed of the present day states of Kansas, Nebraska and South Dakota, Colorado and Montana, it lost territory and its name was changed to the Vicariate Apostolic of Kansas in 1857. The vicariate was elevated to the Diocese of Leavenworth by Pope Leo XIII on May 22, 1877, it lost territory in 1887 when the dioceses of Concordia and Wichita were created, in 1897 when several counties were moved to Concordia. The name of the diocese was changed to the Diocese of Kansas City in Kansas on May 10, 1947 by Pope Pius XII.
All of these jurisdictions were in the Ecclesiastical Province of Saint Louis. The Diocese of Kansas City in Kansas was elevated to an archdiocese by Pius XII on August 9, 1952; the province encompasses the entire state of Kansas and has three suffragan sees, the dioceses of Dodge City and Wichita. John Baptiste Miège, S. J. John Baptiste Miège, S. J. Louis Mary Fink, O. S. B. Louis Mary Fink, O. S. B. Thomas Francis Lillis, appointed Coadjutor Bishop and Bishop of Kansas City in Missouri John Chamberlain Ward Francis Johannes Paul Clarence Schulte, appointed Archbishop of Indianapolis George Joseph Donnelly George Joseph Donnelly Edward Joseph Hunkeler Edward Joseph Hunkeler Ignatius Jerome Strecker James Patrick Keleher Joseph Fred Naumann John Francis Cunningham, appointed Bishop of Concordia in 1898 Bishop Miege High School, Roeland Park Bishop Ward High School, Kansas City Hayden High School, Topeka Immaculata High School, Leavenworth - Closed 2017 Maur Hill – Mount Academy*, Atchison St. James Academy, Lenexa St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Overland Park* Primary sponsorship comes from Saint Benedict's Abbey and Mount St. Scholastica Monastery.
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Church of the Assumption and Rectory
Church of the Assumption and Rectory is a historic church and rectory at 204 SW 8th Street in Topeka, Kansas. The church was built in 1924 and added to the National Register in 2008; the Assumption Rectory was completed in 1929 and is an example of Renaissance Revival style
University of Maryland, College Park
The University of Maryland, College Park is a public research university in College Park, Maryland. Founded in 1856, UMD is the flagship institution of the University System of Maryland, is the largest university in both the state and the Washington metropolitan area, with more than 41,000 students representing all fifty states and 123 countries, a global alumni network of over 360,000, its twelve schools and colleges together offer over 200 degree-granting programs, including 92 undergraduate majors, 107 master's programs, 83 doctoral programs. UMD is a member of the Association of American Universities and competes in intercollegiate athletics as a member of the Big Ten Conference; the University of Maryland's proximity to the nation's capital has resulted in many research partnerships with the federal government. It is classified as one of 115 first tier research universities in the country by the Carnegie Foundation, is labeled a "Public Ivy", denoting a quality of education comparable to the private Ivy League.
UMD is ranked among the top 100 universities both nationally and globally by several indices. In 2016, the University of Maryland, College Park and the University of Maryland, Baltimore formalized their strategic partnership after their collaboration created more innovative medical and educational programs, as well as greater research grants and joint faculty appointments than either campus has been able to accomplish on its own; as of 2017, the operating budget of the University of Maryland is $2.1 billion. For the 2018 fiscal year, the university received a total of over $545 million in external research funding. In October 2017, the university received a record-breaking donation of $219.5 million from the A. James & Alice B. Clark Foundation, ranking among the largest philanthropic gifts to a public university in the country. On March 6, 1856, the forerunner of today's University of Maryland was chartered as the Maryland Agricultural College. Two years Charles Benedict Calvert, a future U.
S. Representative from the sixth congressional district of Maryland, 1861-1863, during the American Civil War and descendent of the first Lord Baltimores, colonial proprietors of the Province of Maryland in 1634, purchased 420 acres of the Riversdale Mansion estate nearby today's College Park, Maryland; that year, Calvert founded the school and was the acting president from 1859 to 1860. On October 5, 1859, the first 34 students entered the Maryland Agricultural College; the school became a land grant college in February 1864. During the Civil War, Confederate soldiers under Brigadier General Bradley Tyler Johnson moved past the college on July 12, 1864 as part of Jubal Early's raid on Washington, D. C. By the end of the war, financial problems forced the administrators to sell off 200 acres of land, the continuing decline in enrollment sent the Maryland Agricultural College into bankruptcy. For the next two years the campus was used as a boys preparatory school. Following the Civil War, in February 1866 the Maryland legislature assumed half ownership of the school.
The college thus became in part a state institution. By October 1867, the school reopened with 11 students. In the next six years, enrollment grew and the school's debt was paid off. In 1873, Samuel Jones, a former Confederate Major General, became president of the college. Twenty years the federally funded Agricultural Experiment Station was established there. During the same period, state laws granted the college regulatory powers in several areas—including controlling farm disease, inspecting feed, establishing a state weather bureau and geological survey, housing the board of forestry. Morrill Hall was built the following year. On November 29, 1912, a fire destroyed the barracks where the students were housed, all the school's records, most of the academic buildings, leaving only Morrill Hall untouched. There were no injuries or fatalities, all but two students returned to the university and insisted on classes continuing. Students were housed by families in neighboring towns until housing could be rebuilt, although a new administration building was not built until the 1940s.
A large brick and concrete compass inlaid in the ground designates the former center of campus as it existed in 1912. The state took control of the school in 1916, the institution was renamed Maryland State College; that year, the first female students enrolled at the school. On April 9, 1920, the college became part of the existing University of Maryland, replacing St. John's College, Annapolis as the University's undergraduate campus. In the same year, the graduate school on the College Park campus awarded its first PhD degrees and the university's enrollment reached 500 students. In 1925 the university was accredited by the Association of American Universities. By the time the first black students enrolled at the university in 1951, enrollment had grown to nearly 10,000 students—4,000 of whom were women. Prior to 1951, many black students in Maryland were enrolled at the University of Maryland, Eastern Shore. In 1957, President Wilson H. Elkins made a push to increase academic standards at the university.
His efforts resulted in the creation of one of the first Academic Probation Plans. The first year the plan went into effect, 1,550 students (18% of the total student body
Seaman High School
Seaman High School is a public secondary school in Topeka, Kansas, USA for students from grades 9 to 12. It serves families residing within Kansas Unified School District #345 Seaman, which covers 84 square miles of northern Topeka and rural Shawnee County, Kansas; the high school is one of the few in the world. Seaman High School was founded in 1920, opening to students in grades nine through twelve on October 4 of that year; the school is named for Fred A. Seaman, integral in the school's founding and served as its first principal, he became the school's namesake following a vote by their parents. Seaman High School's initial enrollment was 65 students. Seaman was one of the first three rural high schools in Kansas. Five students were in the first graduating class; the Viking was chosen as the school's official emblem in 1932. The Seaman Bank, the first high school bank in the United States, was founded in 1927. In November 1954, Seaman High moved into a new school located one-half mile west of the former school.
Enrollment in 1958 was 483 students. Twenty-two teachers were on the faculty. In December 1970, the new high school at 4850 NW Rochester Rd was dedicated; the former structure at 1124 NW Lyman now houses Logan Elementary School. The school was selected as a Blue Ribbon School in 1984; the Blue Ribbon Award recognizes public and private schools which perform at high levels or have made significant academic improvements. In January 2008, construction was completed of a freshman wing on the current building along with additions to the auditorium and the woods and metal shops. In August 2008, ninth grade, moved to the Junior High level, was added back to the school. In 2017, after much pressure by the student body and local area due to recent incidents in the local area and across the country, Seaman High hosted a "community conversation" discussing inappropriate online behavior and threats. Students were encouraged to report negative online behavior, several student groups began to raise awareness around this issue.
In 2018, Seaman High School's swim team became the first swim team in Topeka to win a state championship, winning by 150 points. The Vikings are classified as a 5A school, the second-largest classification in Kansas according to the Kansas State High School Activities Association. Throughout its history, Seaman has won several state championships in various sports. Seaman High School offers the following sports: Football Volleyball Boys Cross-Country Girls Cross-Country Girls Golf Boys Soccer Girls Tennis Cheerleading Boys Basketball Girls Basketball Wrestling Boys Bowling Girls Bowling Winter Cheerleading Boys Swimming and Diving Baseball Boys Golf Boys Tennis Girls Soccer Girls Swimming and Diving Softball Boys Track and Field Girls Track and Field Seaman's activities include Band Cheerleading Choir Show Choir Debate & Forensics Jazz Band Orchestra Scholar's Bowl Student Council Vikettes Seaman's clubs include Book Club FCA French Club German Club Literary Magazine Math Club Sharp Spanish Club Spirit Club FBLA Seaman's organizations include FBLA FCCLA FFA Interact Club Key Club NGHS NHS SADD SEAMAPP International Thespian Society Rick DeHart - former MLB player Wes Jackson - founder and current president of The Land Institute List of high schools in Kansas List of unified school districts in Kansas Official website
Topeka is the capital city of the U. S. state of Kansas and the seat of Shawnee County. It is situated along the Kansas River in the central part of Shawnee County, in northeast Kansas, in the Central United States; as of the 2010 census, the city population was 127,473. The Topeka Metropolitan Statistical Area, which includes Shawnee, Jefferson and Wabaunsee counties, had a population of 233,870 in the 2010 census; the name Topeka is a Kansa-Osage sentence that means "place where we dug potatoes", or "a good place to dig potatoes". As a placename, Topeka was first recorded in 1826 as the Kansa name for what is now called the Kansas River. Topeka's founders chose the name in 1855 because it "was novel, of Indian origin and euphonious of sound." The mixed-blood Kansa Native American, Joseph James, called Jojim, is credited with suggesting the name of Topeka. The city, laid out in 1854, was one of the Free-State towns founded by Eastern antislavery men after the passage of the Kansas–Nebraska Bill.
In 1857, Topeka was chartered as a city. The city is well known for the landmark U. S. Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, which overturned Plessy vs. Ferguson and declared racial segregation in public schools to be unconstitutional. Three ships of the U. S. Navy have been named USS Topeka after the city. For many millennia, the Great Plains of North America were inhabited by Native Americans. From the 16th century to 18th century, the Kingdom of France claimed ownership of large parts of North America. In 1762, after the French and Indian War, France secretly ceded New France to Spain, per the Treaty of Fontainebleau. In 1802, Spain returned most of the land to France. In 1803, most of the land for modern day Kansas was acquired by the United States from France as part of the 828,000 square mile Louisiana Purchase for 2.83 cents per acre. In the 1840s, wagon trains made their way west from Independence, Missouri, on a journey of 2,000 miles, following what would come to be known as the Oregon Trail.
About 60 miles west of Kansas City, three half Kansas Indian sisters married to the French-Canadian Pappan brothers established a ferry service allowing travelers to cross the Kansas River at what is now Topeka. During the 1840s and into the 1850s, travelers could reliably find a way across the river, but little else was in the area. In the early 1850s, traffic along the Oregon Trail was supplemented by trade on a new military road stretching from Fort Leavenworth through Topeka to the newly established Fort Riley. In 1854, after completion of the first cabin, nine men established the Topeka Town Association. Included among them was Cyrus K. Holliday, an "idea man" who would become mayor of Topeka and founder of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. Soon, steamboats were docking at the Topeka landing, depositing meat and flour and returning eastward with potatoes and wheat. By the late 1860s, Topeka had become a commercial hub providing many Victorian era comforts. Topeka was a bastion for the free-state movement during the problems in Kansas Territory between anti- and proslavery settlers.
After southern forces barricaded Topeka in 1856, Topeka's leaders took actions to defend the free-state town from invasion. A militia was organized and fortifications were built on Quincy Street; the fortifications seemed to consist of low-lying earthwork levies strengthened by the presence of at least one cannon. There was stone in the fortifications; the militia manned the fortifications until at least September 1856, when the siege around the town was lifted. After a decade of abolitionist and pro-slavery conflict that gave the territory the nickname Bleeding Kansas, Kansas was admitted to the Union in 1861 as the 34th state. Topeka was chosen as the capital, with Dr. Charles Robinson as the first governor. In 1862, Cyrus K. Holliday donated a tract of land to the state for the construction of a state capitol. Construction of the Kansas State Capitol began in 1866, it would take 37 years to build the capitol, first the east wing, the west wing, the central building, using Kansas limestone. In fall 1864 a stockade fort named Fort Simple, was built in the intersection of 6th and Kansas Avenues to protect Topeka, should Confederate forces in Missouri decide to attack the city.
It was abandoned by April 1865 and demolished in April 1867. State officers first used the state capitol in 1869, moving from Constitution Hall, what is now 427-429 S. Kansas Avenue. Besides being used as the Kansas statehouse from 1863 to 1869, Constitution Hall is the site where anti-slavery settlers convened in 1855 to write the first of four state constitutions, making it the "Free State Capitol." The National Park Service recognizes Constitution Hall - Topeka as headquarters in the operation of the Lane Trail to Freedom on the Underground Railroad, the chief slave escape passage and free trade road. Although the drought of 1860 and the ensuing period of the Civil War slowed the growth of Topeka and the state, Topeka kept pace with the revival and period of growth Kansas enjoyed from the close of the war in 1865 until 1870. In the 1870s, many former slaves known as Exodusters, settled on the east side of Lincoln Street between Munson and Twelfth Streets; the area was known as Tennessee Town.
The first African American Kindergarten west of the Mississippi was organized in Tennessee Town by Dr. Charles Sheldon, pastor of the Central Congregational Church in 1893. Lincoln College, now Washburn University, was established in 1865 in Topeka by a charter issued by the State of Kansas and the General A
Cathedral of Saint Peter (Kansas City, Kansas)
The Cathedral of Saint Peter is a Roman Catholic cathedral in Kansas City, United States and is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. The Rev. Bernard Kelly was appointed by Bishop Thomas Lillis of the Diocese of Leavenworth to organize St. Peter's parish on October 7, 1907; the parish's first Mass was held in the Bishop's residence on Sandusky for 126 people on December 8, 1907. Fund raising began for a combination church and school and the cornerstone for the new building was laid on March 14, 1908; the facility was dedicated on September 7 of the same year. A rectory was built from 1916-1917. Construction began on the current church building in 1925; the first Mass was celebrated in the building on August 1, 1927 and it was dedicated on September 5 of the same year. On May 10, 1947 the See City was transferred from Leavenworth, Kansas to Kansas City by Pope Pius XII. Bishop George Donnelly consecrated St. Peter's as a cathedral in 1948. Twelve gold crosses that represent the Twelve Apostles were placed between the Stations of the Cross.
A portable Bishop's throne was placed in the sanctuary. A parish center was built in 1992, the interior of the cathedral was renovated in 1998. From October 6, 2006 to October 8, 2007 the parish observed its centennial. A statue of St. Joseph the Worker was placed in the Centennial Courtyard and a time capsule, to be opened in 2057, was buried nearby. St. Peter's School opened in the fall of 1908 with 10 high school students; the combination church and school building became too small and a new structure was built in 1912. The school had 430 students by 1937. A fire destroyed the building in 1943. A new and larger building was dedicated on October 23, 1955; as the population shifted from the city to the suburbs the enrollment in the school started to decline. In 2006 there were only 110 students enrolled at St. Peter's; the archdiocese consolidated the parochial schools in eastern Wyandotte County into Resurrection Catholic School in 2007 using the St. Peter's School building; the following priests have served St. Peter's as its pastor.
Since 1947 they have served as Cathedral Rector: Rev. Bernard S. Kelly, 1907-1909 Rev. Bernard Mohan, 1909 Msgr. Patrick McInerney, 1909-1911 Msgr. Francis M. Orr, 1911-1937 Msgr. James P. McKenna, 1938-1966 Rev. Leo T. Lutz, 1966-1967 Msgr. J. Kenneth Spurlock, 1967-1983 Rev. Thomas Tank, 1983-1986 Msgr. Henry Gardner, 1986-1991 Msgr. William Curtin, 1991-1996 Msgr. Thomas Tank, 1996-2003 Msgr. Gary Applegate, 2003-2005 Msgr. Robert Bergman, 2005 - 2009 Rev. Harold Schneider, 2009 – List of Catholic cathedrals in the United States List of cathedrals in the United States Official Cathedral Site Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City Official Site
Margaret Thompson Murdock is a nurse and former United States Army officer most known for her success in international shooting competitions, including a silver medal at the 1976 Summer Olympics. Murdock is the first woman to win a medal in Shooting at the Summer Olympics and the first to win an individual open World Shooting Championship. In international competition Murdock set four individual world records and nine team world records, she is a member of five halls of fame, including the USA Shooting Hall of Fame and the Kansas Sports Hall of Fame. Margaret L. Thompson was born August 1942 in Topeka, Kansas. While growing up during the 1950s, she learned how to shoot by following her father to the rifle range, she graduated from Hayden High School attended Kansas State University, where she competed on the men's rifle team winning two Big Eight Conference championships and became the university's first female student to earn a varsity letter. The team practiced with 5th Army Rifle Team at Fort Riley, which led to a four-year stint in the U.
S. Army, where she was assigned as a shooting instructor at Fort Benning achieving the rank of major. Murdock was the 1966 World Champion in Women's Standard Rifle. In 1967 she won two gold medals in small-bore rifle at the Pan American Games and set a world record, for men or women, in the kneeling rifle shooting. Murdock narrowly missed qualifying for the 1968 games in Mexico City, she became the first woman on the U. S. Olympic shooting team and the first woman to win a medal in shooting at the Olympic Games, she won a silver medal that year, after tying with Lanny Bassham, the U. S. team captain. Olympic rules forbade a shoot-off. During the national anthem, Bassham pulled Murdock up to stand with him on the gold medal spot at the podium. In 1992 she was named to the U. S. International Shooting Hall of Fame. Murdock retired from competitive shooting at age 35, becoming a registered nurse, specializing in anesthesia