Charles Curtis, U.S. Vice-President, a Celebration of his Life photo of Charles Curtis Charles Curtis home, Topeka east facade, Curtis home turret and summer flowers Kansas 150 Celebration

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The life and home of Charles Curtis, U.S. Vice President under Herbert Hoover, 1929-1933, were celebrated as part of the Kansas 150 Sesquicentennial on Saturday, June 25, 2011. The event included Flint Hills Model-A Car Club Show, punch and cookies, a lecture on the life of Curtis by Dr. Bob Beatty of the Political Science Department at Washburn University, live music by Roger Shastall, and tours of the Curtis home at 1101 SW Topeka Blvd., Topeka, KS. Text below is from a handout given to participants of this event:

"The legacy left by Charles Curtis, Vice-President of the United State, 1929-1933, is significant and one to be cherished.

"Curtis was born in North Topeka, Kansas, on Kaw Indian reserve lands, in a log cabin on January 25, 1860, to Captain and Mrs. Oren Curtis. His mother, who was part Kaw Native American, died when he was three years old, so he was sent to live with his mother's people on the Kaw reservation in Morris County, Kansas. There, he lived in a teepee and attended a mission school.

"When the Kaws were being moved from their home in Kansas to Oklahoma, his grandmother Pappan told him, 'turn back, go to school.' This decision started him on his way to the White House.

"Through thiry-eight years of publis service, Charles Curtis accomplished a great deal, benefiting all people. The program he initiated crossed racial and ethnic boundaries, urban and rural boundaries, and age and gender boundaries. Curtis was a man who represented all people. His dignity, integrity and pride followed him from Shawnee County District Attorney to Vice President of the United States. Curtis was a political leader during critical times in our nation's history and, without a doubt, was the greatest native-born Kansan to aspire to public service.

"Curtis is an exemplary role model for not only Native American youth but all children. His humble beginnings and fight to succeed can inspire us all. Faced with the struggles of different cultures, he thrived and accomplished much. "

Charles Curtis is a man to be honored. Read more about him on-line at and wikipedia.

cleaned spot, parquet dining room floor foyer upstairs and mezzanine looking through two rooms and the front window brass doorknob and keyhole
the world's most terrific newel post If the Curtis home was a hotel, this space would be the lobby a look down the stairs from part way to the second floor balustrade
Dr. Bob Beatty lectures about Charles Curtis view through front window of Curtis porch and bunting chandelier and leaded glass window

All photos © 2011 by Carol Yoho
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