Topeka in Shawnee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
In 1988, elementary school children of Kansas submitted to the Kansas Arts Commission drawings they thought would be the best idea for a sculpture to top the Capitol dome. Sunflowers, eagles, meadowlarks, farmers, cottonwood trees, wheat shocks, and Native Americans were represented among other things. Overwhelmingly, the most popular subject was the Native American. Chiefs, braves, and squaws were depicted in various activities. Sculptor Richard Bergen reviewed these children's art works and was convinced by their drawings that he should sumbit a model of a Kansa brave, named "Ad Astra." This model won the nation-wide competition to select a sculpture for the Capitol dome.
Erected by Ruth Garvey and H. Bernerd Fink.
Location. 39° 2.863′ N, 95° 40.751′ W. Marker is in Topeka, Kansas, in Shawnee County. Touch for map. Marker is on the west grounds of the state Capitol, near SW Harrison Street and about 300 feet west of the SW entrance to the Capitol. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 SW 10th Avenue, Topeka KS 66612, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. The Capitol Building (here, next to this marker); Kansas History (here, next to The Governor's Plaque (here, next to this marker); The Kansa Tribe (here, next to this marker); Ad Astra Dedication Ceremony (here, next to this marker); Governor Landon's Acceptance (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Charles Curtis (about 300 feet away); Kansas Veterans' Walk (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Topeka.
Also see . . .
1. Kansas State Capitol. (Submitted on September 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Ad Astra Sculpture. (Submitted on September 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Agriculture • Man-Made Features • Native Americans • Settlements & Settlers •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 252 times since then and 24 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.