Monday, January 26, 2009

Kansas Week: Kansas' State Seal


"The east is represented by a rising sun, in the right-hand corner of the seal; to the left of it, commerce is represented by a river and a steamboat; in the foreground, agriculture is represented as the basis of the future prosperity of the state, by a settler’s cabin and a man plowing with a pair of horses; beyond this is a train of ox-wagons, going west; in the background is seen a herd of buffalo, retreating, pursued by two Indians, on horseback; around the top is the motto, ‘Ad astra per aspera,’ and beneath a cluster of thirty-four stars. The circle is surrounded by the words, "Great seal of the state of Kansas. January 29, 1861."

~John James Ingalls, Wyandotte Constitutional Convention member; also coined the state motto, "Ad astra per aspera".

1 comment:

~CarolineNot said...

Pardon me all over the place, but I have jigsaw puzzles on-the-brain right now, and that seal would be a great one. ºÜº

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