Resources for Educators
Three Branches of Government – What Do Kansas Governors Do?
Two Kansas Governors, Kathleen Sebelius and Bill Graves, talk about their role and how they saw it. This short video (14 minutes) edited and narrated by David Heinemann uses segments from the oral history [...]
Women in Politics Research
Women who served in the Kansas Legislature during the 1990s were interviewed for a Washburn University oral history project while they were in office; some of them were reinterviewed some 20 years later [...]
Three Branches of Government–What Do the Courts Do?
Retired Kansas Supreme Court Justice Carol Beier explains in this short video how the courts are different from the other two branches of state government and how the Supreme Court works to preserve the [...]
A Native American Views the Pledge of Allegiance
Rafael Wahwassuck was asked to lead the Pledge of Allegiance at his elementary school and discovered that his family objected. He explains why the flag doesn't mean the same to all people. [...]
What is Civics Education?
An editorial in the Topeka Capital Journal stated, “Civics is about so much more than passing a written test...or reciting facts or figures about our country and Constitution. It’s about the spirit of America, [...]
Why Oral History is Important
Dr. Jim Leiker, historian, prepared this short introduction about the importance of using oral histories to fill in the gaps in the historical record. The complete transcript of his remarks follows the video. [...]
Three Branches of Government – How the Legislature Works
The 30 minute video, "How Things Got Done in the Kansas Legislature" is an introduction to how laws are made in Kansas and features 12 different legislators talking about how they got elected, how they determined their legislative priorities--in effect, how they made things happen in the Kansas Legislature.