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HONORING HEROES Veterans Day Emporia is the official founding city of Veterans Day. Emporia celebrated the first Veterans Day in 1953, a year before congress made it a National Holiday in 1954. The idea came from Emporian Alvin J. King, who suggested the renaming of Armistice Day. Emporia Congressman Ed Rees and President Dwight D. Eisenhower, also of Kansas, took the final steps to create this reverent holiday.

Schmidt Museum of Natural History The Schmidt Museum of Natural History contains a comprehensive collection of approximately 600 taxidermy mounts of birds, mammals, reptiles and fish from Kansas. A research collection of more than 2,500 bird and mammal skins from various parts of the U.S. is maintained for advanced study and research. 1320 MERCHANT ST.,

Peterson Planetarium Open to students and the public, discover the wonders of the universe in this domed theatre. Free shows play Thursday evenings and the second Saturday of each month. 1320 MERCHANT ST., ESU CRAM SCIENCE HALL ROOM 031 // EMPORIA.EDU/PLANETARIUM

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The All Veterans Celebration is a week-long observance honoring our service men and women. Festivities include the Veterans Day Parade, Veteran Artist Exhibit, Quilts of Valor, Essay and Poster Contest, FreedomFest and more.

Veterans Banners Emporia joined a national movement by dedicating street banners to individual veterans. See these tributes to local heroes along Commercial Street every year around Veterans Day. EMPORIAMAINSTREET.COM

All Veterans Memorial This memorial features a World War II M-4A6 Sherman army tank, Vietnam Veteran Memorial with Huey Helicopter, USS Oliver Hazard Perry anchor and Purple Heart Memorial. Open daylight to 11 pm.

Johnston Geology Museum See a western Kansas Cretaceous mosasaur, a giant ground sloth, a mastodon tusk plus other displays in the ESU Geology Museum. The museum contains geological specimens predominantly from Kansas. Included among the 45 displays are the world famous Hamilton Quarry Fossil Assemblage, the Tri-State Mining Display, petrified tree stumps and the Hawkins and the Calkins Indian Artifact Collections. 1320 MERCHANT ST., ESU CRAM SCIENCE HALL ROOM 106 // EMPORIA.EDU/~ES/MUSEUM

933 S COMMERCIAL ST.

Civil War Veterans Monument

Mexican-American World War II Veterans Memorial

FREMONT PARK // 4TH AVE. & UNION ST.

ST. CATHERINE’S CHURCH // 205 S. LAWRENCE ST.

Civil War Veterans Monument

Spanish-American War Memorial

MAPLEWOOD & MEMORIAL LAWN CEMETERIES // 2000 PRAIRIE ST.

PETER PAN PARK // S. NEOSHO ST. & KANSAS AVE.

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ESU CRAM SCIENCE HALL ROOM 043 // EMPORIA.EDU/SMNH

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Emporia Visitors Guide 2018  

Your official guide for exploring the home of the Dirty Kanza, and the best main street in America. Discover your adventure in Emporia, KS.

Emporia Visitors Guide 2018  

Your official guide for exploring the home of the Dirty Kanza, and the best main street in America. Discover your adventure in Emporia, KS.

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