Kansas State Capitol
The Kansas State Capitol, known also as the Kansas Statehouse, is the building housing the executive and legislative branches of government for the U.S. state of Kansas
Time: Year round Monday through Friday
Location: Kansas State Capitol 8th and Van Buren, Topeka, KS
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Registration Requirements: All girls participating as a Girl Scout in this activity must be registered Girl Scout members. If attending as a troop, all volunteers also need to be registered members and/or have completed and approved background checks. If non-registered individuals (adults or tags) are allowed to participate in this activity supplemental insurance is required. Use the Insurance Purchase Form to purchase insurance at least 3 weeks prior to the event. Completed forms can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to Register: Call 785-296-3966 or email email@example.com.
Current partner programs are listed below.
Civics and Government Tour
Explore what “Finding Common Ground“ might look like at the state level of government. Take a tour of the building and possibly meet with an elected official to discuss how they find common ground for difficult issues. If legislators are unavailable (they are here from the middle of January to early May), utilize the State Library to research difficult issues that Kansas has faced in the past.
Civics and Government Tour
Go “Inside Government” by visiting the state capitol. Take a tour and possibly meet with an elected official (they are here from the middle of January to early May). Learn what the branches of government are and what they do. Make an “I’m a Fan of the Capitol Fan” to share what you have learned.
“Celebrate Community” by visiting the Kansas State Capitol and taking a Historic Tour of the Building. You will learn about state symbols and find flags throughout the Capitol. Each of these represents something important about our community. Visit our classroom to color pictures of our state symbols, make a capitol fan activity, draw a picture using stamps of our state symbols or draw pictures of the flags you saw on tour.
Additional Information: You can also ask for a self-guided brochure of the Kansas State Capitol grounds. You can be a landmark detective looking at the many memorials that are found on the capitol grounds. You can make a list of the ones you find and draw pictures of your favorites.
Bleeding Kansas Tour
“Behind the Ballot” - explore how voting makes a difference in history. The struggles of the Bleeding Kansas era resulted in a vote to make Kansas a free state. Learn why voting is so important and see the former Secretary of State’s Office where votes were certified until 2010. Take a tour and possibly meet with an elected official (they are here from the middle of January to early May). Participate in a classroom discussion on John Brown’s influence on history and why it is important to vote today.