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May 12, 2006
Contact: Margey Frederick, visitor services director, (785) 864-7103.

KU Wheat State Whirlwind Tour to visit Topeka, KSU, Marysville, Concordia

LAWRENCE — About 50 University of Kansas faculty and staff members will visit sites in Topeka, Manhattan, Marysville and Concordia on Monday, May 22, the second day of the 2006 Wheat State Whirlwind Tour of Kansas.

Sponsored by Chancellor Robert Hemenway, the six-day tour will head west on its nearly 1,500-mile journey to introduce new KU faculty to the economy, history and landscape of Kansas. Hemenway will join the tour at the Kansas State University campus in Manhattan.

The tour bus will arrive at the Capitol in Topeka at 8 a.m. for a brief meeting with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius.

From the Capitol, the group will travel to the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka. The historic case led to the desegregation of public schools in the United States in 1954. Monroe School is the home of the historic site. Deborah Dandridge, field archivist for the African-American collections in Spencer Research Library’s Kansas Collection at KU, will speak to the group. Dandridge helped prepare much of the information contained in displays at the historic site.

The next stop will be Kansas State University. Tour participants will take a driving tour of the campus before Hemenway and Paul Carttar, executive vice chancellor for external affairs, join the group for lunch with Kansas State faculty and staff.

The tour will continue on to Marysville, and en route will visit Alcove Spring, a popular camping site for overlanders and burial site of a member of the doomed Donner-Reed party, which made a stop in 1846. Once in Marysville, the group will tour the Landoll Corp., 1196 Pony Express Highway. Don Landoll, president, chairman and founder of the company, will talk about the award-winning firm’s design, production and global marketing of machinery used in transportation and agriculture. The group will then move on to Pony Express Home Station No. 1.

At the next stop in Belleville, Marlesa Roney, KU vice provost for student success and Concordia native, and Jackie Barton, student services dean at Cloud County Community College in Concordia, will board the bus to give a preview of sites in Concordia. The tour will visit Camp Concordia, a World War II prisoner of war camp for German soldiers.

Later that evening, the group will visit the National Orphan Train Museum complex at the Union Pacific Depot, also in Concordia. The evening will conclude with dinner at the recently restored 1907 Brown Grand Theatre, 310 W. Sixth St.

The stop at Kansas State will be a homecoming for Don Steeples, KU vice provost for scholarly support, the McGee Distinguished Professor of Geophysics and tour director. Steeples earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Kansas State. Tour participant Craig Freeman, associate scientist at the KU Natural History Museum and the Kansas Biological Survey, earned his doctorate at Kansas State.

On Tuesday, May 23, the tour will continue west, making stops at Lake Wilson and Sylvan Grove and will visit Lucas, Palco, Nicodemus and Colby.

Itinerary for Monday, May 22

7 a.m. — Load bus at KU Visitor Center
7:20 a.m. — Depart for Topeka (27 miles)
8 a.m. — Arrive at Capitol
8:15 a.m. — Photo opportunity with Gov. Kathleen Sebelius
8:50 a.m. — Depart for Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
9 a.m. — Arrive at Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
9:45 a.m. — Depart for Manhattan (58 miles). Points of interest: Wamego’s Historic Columbian Theatre and Oz Museum
10:45 a.m. — Arrive in Manhattan, driving tour of Kansas State University
11:15 a.m. — Lunch/joint meeting with Kansas State faculty and staff, Chancellor Robert Hemenway and Paul Carttar
12:45 p.m. — Depart for Marysville (60 miles). Point of interest: Alcove Spring
2:15 p.m. — Arrive in Marysville. Tour Landoll Corp., Pony Express Home Station No. 1
3:15 p.m. — Depart for Concordia (71 miles)
4 p.m. — Marlesa Roney and Jacki Barton board bus in Belleville, tour Camp Concorida
4:45 p.m. — Check in at the Holiday Inn Express
5:30 p.m. — Depart for tour of Concordia, visit National Orphan Train Complex
6:15 p.m. — Dinner at the Brown Grand Theatre
8:45 p.m. — Return to Holiday Inn Express


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