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.

A recent editorial in the Topeka Capital Journal stated, “Civics is about more than reciting facts or figures about our country and Constitution. It’s about the spirit of America, about a country that includes Democrats and Republicans, liberals and conservatives, men and women, Black people and white people, gay people and straight people, and a few editorial writers besides. Civics, in other words, is about perfecting and pursuing a more perfect union.”

What better place to understand how public policy is created than a collection of easily accessible and pertinent primary sources for students of all levels.

The Kansas Oral History Collection consists of transcripts of oral histories of state legislators, state officials and notable Kansans describing their involvement with public policy in the last quarter of the Twentieth Century and the first decades of the Twenty-first Century. For high school students involved in History Day projects it is a treasure trove of information. For social science teachers, there are short clips of actual policy-makers describing what it takes to make laws.

Women in the Kansas Legislature: Perspectives from Oral History Interviews is an essay about the advancement of women in the legislature , their interactions with each other and the body at large. Short conversations among several small groups of legislative women illuminate their challenges and accomplishments.