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Benedictine College in Kansas
Benedictine College in Kansas

Kansas had 325 public library systems in 2004, including the large municipal libraries in Kansas City, Wichita, Johnson County, and Topeka. Libraries circulate an average of 10.7 books per resident each year. The Kansas State Library has collections of legal materials, federal and state documents, and materials for the blind. The library also provides reference services and promotes the development of public libraries in the state. The largest library in the state is that of the University of Kansas. The state archives and many books and other materials relating to Kansas history are housed in the Kansas State Historical Society, in Topeka. The society also maintains one of the largest state-wide collections of newspapers in the country. Personal and state papers of President Eisenhower are housed in the Dwight D. Eisenhower Library, in Abilene.

Noted collections of European, American, and Asian art are housed in the University of Kansas’s Spencer Museum of Art in Lawrence. The Wichita Art Museum, the largest art museum in the state, is known for its collection of American art. The Natural History Museum maintained by the University of Kansas contains exhibits of birds, mammals, and fossil skeletons.

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The museum of the Kansas State Historical Society houses an extensive collection of archaeological relics and materials from the 19th and early 20th centuries. The society also maintains a number of the state’s historic sites and monuments. In addition, there are local historical museums and historic buildings in a number of Kansas communities. The Eisenhower Center at Abilene houses numerous mementos of the former U.S. president’s long career in government service. "Kansas" © Emmanuel BUCHOT, Encarta, Wikipedia

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