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Topeka in Shawnee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Ad Astra Dedication Ceremony

 
 
Ad Astra Dedication Ceremony Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 29, 2011
1. Ad Astra Dedication Ceremony Marker
Inscription.
The Ad Astra sculpture on the Capitol dome was dedicated on Monday, November 4, 2002.

The ceremony began with the blessing of the sculpture by Badger Wahwassuck of the Potawatomi Nation. Anna Bergen-Kamerer, granddaughter of the sculptor, followed with a narrative entitled "Ad Astra Per Aspera." Richard Bergen, the sculptor, presented the sculpture, and Governor Bill Graves gave a speech of acceptance. Luther Pepper of the Kaw Nation then gave greetings from the Kaw Nation. The ceremony's closing was provided by Brad Hamilton, Director of the Kansas Office of Native American Affairs.
 
Erected by Morrison Foundation Trust.
 
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 this marker); The Governor's Plaque (here, next to
Ad Astra Dedication Ceremony Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 29, 2011
2. Ad Astra Dedication Ceremony Marker
Kansas Capitol steps in background
this marker); Kansas Children (here, next to this marker); The Kansa Tribe (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. Ad Astra Sculpture. (Submitted on September 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Kansas State Capitol. (Submitted on September 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Richard Bergen. (Submitted on September 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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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 267 times since then and 18 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on September 10, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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